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School opening stays on June 3 – DepEd

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) maintained that the school opening for the basic education level this School Year (SY) 2019-2020 will remain on June 3.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained that the school calendar for this coming school year has already been approved and is set to be released next week.

Briones expressed the agency’s reluctance to move the school calendar because of three major considerations that involve students and learners such as school facilities, health, and other “summer” activities already scheduled.

The Education Secretary emphasized on the matter following a directive from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) which ordered all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) as well as Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) to shift their respective academic calendars to August starting the Academic Year (AY) 2019-2020. – Marje Pelayo

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NCRPO to impose sanctions vs establishments allowing students to enter during school hours

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will impose sanctions against establishments allowing students to enter their premises during class hours.

This was after NCRPO Director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar caught 12 high school students during his inspection.

They were playing online games and browsing social media at a computer shop called Sandbox CyberCafe in West Rembo, Makati City.

Eleazar said the establishment has violated Department of Education (Deped) Order 86, series of 2010 which bans students inside computer shops, malls, and theaters during school hours.

Based on the Deped order, violators may possibly face suspension or revocation of their permit to operate.

“Responsibilidad ito ng establisyimento na pagbawalan itong mga estudyante. Alam mo itong mga bata, alam mong mapusok iyan, (It is the responsibility of these establishments to ban the students. You know kids, they are very eager),” he said.

The NCRPO Director is already coordinating with the local government unit (LGU) in Makati for the corresponding sanction against Sandbox CyberCafe.

Meanwhile, all police community precincts and police station commanders were also ordered by Eleazar to inspect around the school area especially the computer shops.(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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DepEd assures to address Cavite faculty room issue

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019

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The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday assured it is taking measures to solve the issue on the faculty office at the Bacoor National High School in Cavite.

“The Department of Education is exerting all efforts to facilitate a solution acceptable to all officials and teachers in regard to the faculty room issue in Bacoor National High School-Molino Main,” DepEd said in a statement.

“Concrete steps have been undertaken to resolve any conflict, in the interest of orderly operations of the school,” it added.

The issue arose after a teacher posted a message on Facebook saying they are trying to transform a comfort room into a space for the faculty.

DepEd explained that the situation stemmed from the decision of the school to move to single-shift classes this school year.

It said this resulted in faculty rooms, which are intended originally as classrooms, needing to be converted back into additional classrooms to realize the policy.

The school has an enrollment of more than 7,000 learners.

To address the displacement of teachers from the faculty rooms, DepEd said the principal met with the teachers last May 27 and “offered the library, the guidance center, and the advisory classrooms to serve as temporary faculty rooms.”

“However, 11 of the school’s 236 teachers opted to convert a restroom into a faculty room. It must be emphasized that the use of restroom is the choice of the 11 teachers themselves who then complained about it in social media,” DepEd said.

To address the issue and similar concerns, DepEd said it has included in its 2020 budget request to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) the funding for an initial batch of such buildings that will have space for principal’s office, faculty room, guidance room, library, and school supplies and equipment storage in times of calamities.

DepEd also reminded its teachers and personnel that there are appropriate administrative procedures in addressing welfare concerns. 

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DepEd: More classrooms needed amid growing number of students

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday admitted that more classrooms and facilities are needed to be constructed to accommodate the ever-growing population of Filipino students.

More than 27 million learners nationwide trooped to school on June 3 for the opening of school year 2019 to 2020.

According to DepEd, massive increases in enrollment are noted each year with around one million students being added to the list. Some students from private schools are also transferring to public schools due to economic reasons.

To address the need for more classrooms and facilities, DepEd is eyeing to build more structures in schools to accommodate the increasing number of students.

The department said that it is eyeing to build around 800,000 wind and earthquake-proof school buildings but so far, they were only able to complete more than 600 of the said number.

Thousands of schools are also in need of repair, particularly those in Porac, Pampanga that sustained heavy damage after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the area in April.

DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said they will not allow these classrooms to be used if these are found structurally unsafe.

“Hindi po natin ipapagamit kapag declared as totally damaged or with a finding na hindi siya structurally safe,” Sevilla said.

“We are waiting for the newly-constructed classrooms for them,” she further stated, adding that affected students will have to use the temporary learning space (TLS) provided until the building of classrooms has been completed.

Other schools reportedly having shortage in classrooms will also implement shifting of classes.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier visited several schools in Metro Manila to check the situation this class opening.

READ: Briones welcomes learners to school year 2019-2020

Briones led the flag-raising ceremony in Signal Village National High School in Taguig City, where 9,400 students are currently enrolled. After that, she proceeded to inspect the Comembo Elementary School in Makati City which has more than 2,000 students enrolled for the school year.

Aside from addressing classroom shortage, Briones said the department is also looking to increase the salary of more than 900,000 teachers in the country.

She said the proposal might be a big challenge for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as they are eyeing to hike the salary of public school teachers by P10,000.

“Ang sabi ng DBM, gumagawa sila ngayon ng study hindi lamang ang sweldo ng teachers ang pinag-aaralan, kundi ang suweldo ng public sector. Mahirap para sa isang pamahalaan na kung mag-increase ka ng salary sa isang sector at maiiwanan, magwa-widen iyong gap,” Briones said.

The education secretary estimated that around P150 billion additional fund will be needed for the proposed salary increase.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously promised to hike the teachers’ salary, and according to Malacañang, the country’s economic managers are already working and searching for funding sources for the planned pay hike.

“The President is working on that. And hopefully, that can be responded to, our economic managers are doing everything to see how things can be done,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said at a Palace briefing.

After police and soldiers received doubled salaries in 2018, Duterte in January renewed his promise for a salary hike for teachers, saying this could finally be realized this year.

Malacañang, however, did not provide an exact time about its release. (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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