No opening of classes sans COVID-19 vaccine — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2020   •   450

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 moves opening of classes to October 5

Robie de Guzman   •   August 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday announced that the opening of classes has been moved to October 5 following calls for adjustments as the country’s education system shifts to blended learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said President Rodrigo Duterte approved its recommendation to defer the opening of School Year 2020-2021 from August 24 to October 5.

Briones said she submitted the recommendation to the president on August 6 after the latter placed back Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna and Rizal under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

“As per the memorandum, the President has given approval to the recommendation of DepEd. Thus, we will implement such a decision to defer school opening to October 5 pursuant to Republic Act No. 11480,” Briones said.

She said the deferment will be used to provide relief to the logistical limitations faced by the areas placed under MECQ and to “fill in the remaining gaps of the school opening that we are currently addressing.”

“Areas outside MECQ are directed to continue their orientations, dry runs, and delivery of learning resources so that we will be ready for the opening of classes on October 5,” Briones added.

Several groups and lawmakers have earlier called on DepEd to postpone the opening of classes this month to give more time for the preparation of the transition to distance learning.

“We trust that this is the final adjustment of the school opening. Even with the implementation of MECQ, we will use this time to make the necessary adjustments and ensure that all preparations have been made for the successful opening of classes for School Year 2020-2021,” Briones said.

Pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24, nais ipagpaliban ng ilang senador

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Isinusulong ng ilang senador ang pagpapaliban sa nakatakda sanang pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 lalo na sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim pa rin ng mahigpita na community quarantine restrictions.

Ayon kay Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, ang chairman ng Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, dapat ipagpaliban ang pagbubukas ng klase sa mga lugar na maaari pa ring mapasailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine dahil sa nagpapatuloy na banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Ang pinakabasic component ng learning continuity plan is yung self-learning module na idedeliver sa bahay-bahay, na pipick-upin sa school. Pero paano natin gagawin yun if the situation is worsening?” ani Gatchalian.

“Kung ang areas ay ma-extend ng MECQ, we should just postpone the school opening on those areas because hindi natin pwedeng palakarin yung mga guro natin, palabasin yung mga magulang natin sa kondisyon na lumalala,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinabi rin ng mambabatas na sa ilalim ng Republic Act 11480 na kamakailan ay isinabatas ng Kongreso, binibigyan ng “flexibility” ang pangulo pagdating sa pagpapaliban sa pagbubukas ng klase sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Inamyendahan ng batas ang Section 3 ng Republic Act 7797 na nagsasaad na hindi dapat lalagpas sa buwan ng Agosto ang pagbubukas ng school year.

Naniniwala naman si Senator Francis Tolentino na dapat munang tapusin ng Department of Education (DepEd) ang implementing rules and regulations (IRR) ng Republic Act 11480.

“So, sana madaliin natin ito kasi matagal na naman ‘tong na-publish. Apparently, nakalimutan niyo, nakaligtaan niyo. In your rush to make the August 24 deadline which has been amended,” ani Tolentino.

Depensa naman ng DepEd, isinasapinal pa nila ang IRR at nagpapatuloy pa ang konsultasyon sa iba’t ibang sector.

Sinabi rin ng kagawaran na maaaring makipag-pulong kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Education Secretary Leonor Briones ukol sa isyu ngunit hindi pa tiyak kung ano ang isusumite nilang rekomendasyon.

Sa ngayon anila ay tuloy ang school opening sa Agosto 24.

Tiniyak rin ng kagawaran na may inilatag na silang mga hakbang upang maseguro ang kaligtasan ng mga guro sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19.

“Wala po dapat tayong ipangamba na baka po mahawa ang ating mga guro dahil epektibo po yung ating rules dito on alternative work arrangement, na hindi naman po sila inoobligang pumasok sa ating mga paaralan,” ani DepEd Undersecretary Toni Umali.

“’Yung first two weeks natin ay devoted to psychosocial intervention and debriefing activities,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinabi rin ng opisyal na prayoridad sa ngayon ng DepEd na maipamahagi sa mga mag-aaral ang self-learning modules na gagamitin sa unang dalawang linggo ng klase.

Una nang iniulat ng DepEd na 38 porsiyento o katumbas ng 82 school division offices sa bansa ang nakakumpleto na ng printing ng mahigit sa kalahati ng kinakailangang modules para sa unang bahagi ng school year.

Habang nasa 61 porsiyento o 132 school division offices naman ang hindi pa nakakatapos sa printing ng self-learning modules.

Sa huling tala ng DepEd, mahigit 23 milyong estudyante ang nag-enrol mula kindergarten hanggang grade 12 para sa School Year 2020-2021.

Mas mababa ito kumpara sa 27 milyong enrolees na naitala noong nakaraang taon.

Ibig sabihin, nasa apat na milyong kabataan ang hindi naka-enrol para sa darating na pasukan.

Naniniwala naman ang kagawaran na madaragdagan pa ang bilang ng mga enrollee sa mga susunod na araw. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

DepEd to virtually launch learning continuity plan ahead of class opening

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2020

In preparation for the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct a virtual launch that will feature schools’ localized implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

DepEd’s ‘Handang Isip, Handa Bukas’ will be launched on Monday (August 10) where 10 schools of different types nationwide are set to show how they have contextualized the BE-LCP through simulation activities.

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Posted by DepEd Philippines on Monday, August 3, 2020

The schools that will participate will include: Navotas National High School, Mangayon Elementary School, Don Ruben E. Ecleo Sr. Memorial National High School, Calay IP School, Malaya Elementary School, Don Luis Hidalgo Memorial School (Rural-Complete School), Sucao ES (Multigrade School), Santiago City NHS (Urban-Medium), Shining Light Academy (Private), and TAGUMpay Palengskwelahan ALS Center (Community Learning Center).

Parents and learners that will participate will also provide testimonies of their experiences during the dry runs.

The program will be livestreamed on DepEd’s Facebook page, government channels, and other regional local channels. AAC

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