Enrolment sa mga pampublikong paaralan, pinalawig hanggang July 15 – Malacañang

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020   •   376

MANILA, Philippines – Pinalawig hanggang Hulyo 15 ang enrolment sa mga pampublikong elementary at high school sa bansa.

Inanunsyo ito ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa isang televised press briefing ngayong Martes, June 30.

“Ang mabuting balita po mga magulang extended ang enrollment until July 15, pero pwede ba po na huwag na natin hintayin ang July 15,” ani Roque.

“Pwede ba ho ngayon kapag pupuwede na, i-enrol na natin ang ating mga anak. Huwag naman natin pong hayaan na matigil ang proseso ng edukasyon ng ating mga anak bagamat mayroon pong COVID-19,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong araw sana matatapos ang schedule ng enrolment sa mga paaralan para sa School Year 2020-2021 ngunit mas pinahaba ito upang mabigyan pa ng pagkakataong mag-enrol ang ibang mga mag-aaral.

Batay sa datos ng Department of Education (DepEd) na naitala bandang alas-8 ng umaga ngayong June 30, aabot sa 15,907,786 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga estudyante na nakapag-enrol para sa darating na pasukan.

Nasa 15,222,315 sa mga ito ang papasok sa public schools habang 672,403 naman sa private schools.

Ayon sa DepEd, 57% lamang ito ng kabuuang bilang ng enrollees noong nakaraang school year na umabot sa mahigit 27 milyon.

Umaasa ang kagawaran na madaradagan pa ang bilang na ito dahil hindi pa nakokolekta ang ibang enrolment forms na drop boxes, particular na sa mga liblib na lugar.

Sinabi rin ng DepEd na pati ang enrolment sa private schools ay papayagan ring ma-extend ng lagpas sa Hunyo 30.

Tiniyak naman ni DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo na papayagan pa rin naman ang late enrolment kahit walang extension alinsunod sa umiiral na polisiya.

“Ang patakaran natin kasi, as long as they comply with the 80 days calendar days na requirement. So, since ang pagbubukas naman ng paaralan natin ay sa August 24 pi-pwede pa silang mag-late enrollees,” ani Mateo.

Samantala, sinabi rin ng DepEd official na pinagtutuunan nila sa ngayon ang paghahanda sa mga guro para sa gagawing blended learning delivery.

“Madami pa hong gagawin eh, tapos kung saka-sakali ihahanda pa natin yung mga teachers kaya nga patuloy yung mga training natin sa mga guro,” ani Mateo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Parents prefer modular learning for their children this school year—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2020

Around 8.8 million parents prefer modular learning for their children instead of using gadgets this school year, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Based on the Learner Enrollment and Survey Forms (LESF), these parents prefer offline learning materials for their children, citing difficulties in internet connection especially in far-flung areas.

According to DepEd, 3.9 million parents chose blended modality while 3.8 million parents prefer online learning. Meanwhile, a total of 1.4 million parents prefer educational television while around 900,000 parents chose radio-based instruction.

Due to this, DepEd Usec. Tunisto Umali said they are doubling their efforts in printing learning modules in time for the opening of school year.

“Ang makikita po natin sa August 24 ay idi-deliver o kaya ay pipick-upin ang ating mga self-learning modules sa ating paaralan o kaya idi-deliver sa tahanan ng mga bata na walang kakayanang maglakbay patungo sa ating paaralan (What we are seeing is by August 24, the self-learning modules will be delivered or picked up in schools or delivered to the students’ homes if they incapable of travelling),” he said.

Umali reported that orientations and seminars for teachers, students, and parents are currently ongoing. DepEd is also coordinating with local government units for the gadgets that will be used by students. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Malacañang leaves people’s initiative on ABS-CBN franchise to Supreme Court

Maris Federez   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Sunday (July 12) said it will leave the issue of granting a franchise to media giant ABS-CBN Corporation to the Supreme Court.

This, after several groups said that a people’s initiative to revive the company’s franchise bill could possibly happen, invoking Republic Act 6735 to grant a franchise for ABS-CBN, after a House committee rejected the network’s franchise application.

RA 6735 or the Initiative and Referendum Act provides that the public can directly propose and enact laws or approve or reject any act or law or part thereof as passed by Congress.

In a statement released on Sunday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Malacañang will defer to the Supreme Court should it decide on the issue.

“We also take note of the discussions around using the mechanism of the people’s initiative to grant ABS-CBN a franchise,” he added.

He said it is up to the Supreme Court to rule on whether a people’s initiative will be applicable to the case of ABS-CBN despite, as he said, what was clearly worded in Republic Act 7925 or the Public Telecommunications Act.

“Whether the franchise of ABS-CBN may be granted through a people’s initiative despite the clear wording of R.A. 7925, whether it matters that a franchise bill is a private bill that must ‘originate exclusively in the House of Representatives’ in accordance with Article VI, Section 24 of the Constitution — these and related questions we leave to the Supreme Court, as the final arbiter of the appropriate interpretation of these provisions in the Constitution and our laws,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released last Saturday showed that three out of 4 Filipinos want Congress to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise.

The survey said that 57 percent of adult Filipinos “strongly” agreed that the network should be granted a fresh franchise, while 19 percent “somewhat” agreed. e, 13 percent are not in favor of granting the media giant a fresh franchise while 10 percent are undecided on the issue. — /mbmf

DepEd secures NTC’s support for TV, radio-based education

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 6, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has secured the support of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) for its television and radio-based education for the upcoming school year.

Based on NTC’s Memorandum Order No. 10-06-2020, radio and television operators are reminded to provide free assistance in broadcasting educational materials and instructions.

Deped Usec. Alain del Pascua said this is part of the department’s Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

“The Department is determined to strengthen education delivery through television, whether it is through commercial broadcast TV networks, free channels, government-owned TV stations, and even cable TV networks,” he said in a statement. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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