Number of enrollees for school year 2020 reached 9.9 million —DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2020   •   258

The Department of Education (DepEd) has reported that 9.9 million students have enrolled for the incoming school year.

During the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture hearing on Thursday (June 11), DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said the number of enrollees is equal to 36% of their projected enrollment for this year.

As of June 11, 4.8 million students enrolled in elementary level while 3.2 million in high school. Briones said this shows the cooperation between parents, teachers, and local government units.

Enrollment period will last until June 30 while the department assures they will be prepared as classes will resume on August 24 under blended and distanced learning.

“We know it is very difficult, it is very tough. Right now, we would not be ready on this day but August 24, we can be ready and we are on the road to readiness,” she said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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)

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)

DILG tells LGUs to help DepEd enforce ‘new normal’ learning delivery in public schools

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday urged local government units (LGU) to assist public schools in their respective areas and support the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education (DepEd).

In a statement, DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said LGUs should use the special education fund (SEF) to support the localization of DepEd’s learning continuity plan and to assist public schools in their areas in adjusting to the ‘new normal’ in learning delivery modalities.

Malaya said local chief executives should immediately convene their respective local school boards to discuss which of the new learning modalities identified by the DepEd can be utilized in their respective areas.

They should also tackle allocations for the SEF, as well as identify and provide the necessary support to their teachers and learners, stressing that there is only less two months left before the next school year starts.

“In a crisis, we need all the help that we can get at ang SEF ay tulong na itinatadhana ng ating batas para sa pagpapanatili ng matibay na pundasyon at kalidad ng edukasyon sa ating bansa,” Malaya said.

“Hinihikayat natin ang LGUs na gamitin ito ngayong malaki ang kinakaharap na pagsubok ng ating sektor ng edukasyon,” he added.

Under the Local Government Code, the local school board (LSB) is a body created on the provincial, city, and municipal levels that determines the supplementary budgetary allocation the LGU can provide for the operation and maintenance of public schools nationwide, among others.

Section 272 of the Local Government Code states that “the proceeds from the additional one percent (1%) tax on real property accruing to the SEF shall be automatically released to the LSBs.”

Malaya said that the board’s function in providing support to public schools will be a big help in the implementation of the learning continuity plan this school year which “will be more challenging in comparison to the previous ones.”

“We may have a lot on our plate nowadays pero hindi natin kailanman dapat kalimutan ang edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan,” he added.

The DILG spokesperson also urged LGUs to assist in the enrollment activities by providing kiosk or center in the barangay for the distribution and collection of enrolment forms of learners in public schools in their respective areas and assisting schools in the delivery and collection of printed modules from the homes of the students.

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