Public schools may accept transferees from Taal sans documents

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020   •   839

A Filipino elementary student ties her shoelace at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. Close to 23 million students in public schools started the new school year, with around 4 million students in private schools expected to start in the coming weeks. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has ordered public schools in the country to accept transferees displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

This is part of the Department’s emergency measures “to address the dislocation of basic education learners from their school of origin, the significant safety concerns in other affected areas and other implications” of the volcano’s eruption.

Based on DepEd Memorandum No. 3 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, displaced students from eruption-affected should be accepted in all public schools despite lack of proper credentials.

“All public schools where displaced learners from Region IV-A will seek to be accommodated are directed to accept these emergency transferees even with the unavailability or insufficiency of the require transfer credentials,” the memorandum states.

According to Save the Children, about 21,000 children residents inside the 14-kilometer danger zone were already evacuated since Taal volcano started erupting on Sunday (January 12).

For further information, read the copy of the Department Order No. 3 HERE.

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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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

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)

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