No opening of classes sans COVID-19 vaccine — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2020   •   342

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that he is not allowing the opening of classes unless an effective vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is discovered.

“I will not allow the opening of classes na dikit-dikit ang mga bata. Bahala na (kung) hindi na makatapos for this generation. Wala nang aral, laro na lang,” the President said adding that he’s most concerned about the safety of the students.

“Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to talk about opening of classes. Para sa akin bakuna muna. Kapag nandiyan ang bakuna, okay lang,” he stressed.

Nonetheless, the President is optimistic that a vaccine against COVID-19 will be discovered before the year 2020 ends. 

This is the President’s position following the Department of Education’s (DepEd) announcement on the opening of classes on August 24.

READ: DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

The Department, also, announced the start of the enrollment process on June 1, though it encouraged parents to register their children online or through e-mail or phone calls to maintain social distancing measures in view of the risks of COVID-19 infection. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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)

DepEd denies giving teachers enrollment quotas

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has denied claims made by an organization alleging the department of ordering teachers in several provinces to visit communities and convince parents to enroll their children for the upcoming school year.

DepEd said such a claim is baseless and false.

The agency explained that when the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) was formulated before the enrollment period, an existing protocol requires teachers to check the status of their former learners in any way applicable; may it be by text, by telephone and other means.

“The objective is to reconfirm whether learners shall participate in the incoming school year, in light of the COVID-19 situation,” the DepEd said in a statement. 

DepEd also included a survey to determine the limitations and needs of the students in relation to the new normal system due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

“The alleged enrollment quota is not true,” the agency said.

DepEd denies report obliging teachers to sign waiver for ‘physical reporting’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) advised against reports that some teachers are being asked to sign a waiver to physically report to school or DepEd offices.

The Department stressed that physical reporting is not mandatory under DepEd Order No. 11 Series of 2020. 

“Ang mga waiver na nag-a-authorize sa DepEd personnel at mga guro na pumasok ay walang legal effect,” the advisory read.

[Waivers that authorize DepEd personnel and teachers to report physically have no legal effect.]

The DepEd explained physical reporting is only necessary if the teacher’s specific function or task cannot be accomplished through alternative and remote work arrangements.

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