DepEd gagamit ng e-books bilang tugon sa ‘new normal’ sa larangan ng edukasyon

Marje Pelayo   •   April 30, 2020   •   2108

MANILA, Philippines — Isa sa nakikitang solusyon ng Department of Education (DepEd) ay ang paggamit ng electronic books or e-books upang makapagpatuloy sa pag-aaral ang mga kabataan sa gitna ng bantang dulot ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay Director Abram Abanil ng DepEd Information and Communication Technology Services, pinaghahandaan na ng ahensya ang paggawa ng e-books na magagamit ng mga estudyante kahit wala sila sa loob ng paaralan.

“In case magkaroon ng class suspensions or hindi pwedeng pumasok ang bata, bawat linggo ng ating school calendar, magkakaroon iyan ng e-book for each grade level and each subject area,” paliwanag ng opisyal. 

Target ng Kagawaran na makagawa ng 60 e-books bawat linggo at nasa 1,700 tauhan ng DepEd ang sumasailalim sa training para dito.

Nagpapatuloy naman ang pagsasagawa ng Kagawaran ng online trainings o webinars sa mga guro sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa bilang paghahanda. 

Sa kasalukuyan, mayroong 900,000 na guro sa bansa at nasa 70,000 sa mga ito ang sinasanay na sa paggamit ng e-books. 

Ang e-books ay libre na maa-access sa website ng DepEd na tinatawag na DepEd Commons.

Kinakailangan lamang ang gabay ng magulang sa bawat tahanan upang matiyak na nakakapag-aral ang mga bata kahit wala sa paaralan. 

“Ang DepEd ay makapagbibigay kami ng mga activities, makapagbibigay kami ng tools sa inyo using technology pero nasa magulang talaga ang pag-supervise sa mga bata para gagamitin itong mga tools at activities na ito para matuloy naman ang mga pag-aaral ng ating mga kabataan,” pagtatapos ni Director Abanil. MNP (sa ulat ni Vincent Arboleda)

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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FAPSA: No tuition increase for private schools

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 26, 2020

Member schools of the Federation of Associations of Private School Administrators (FAPSA) will not increase their tuition this school year.

FAPSA president Eleazardo Kasilag said this is in response to the Department of Education’s (Deped) appeal to private schools to defer increases on tuition and other school fees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kasilag said several of the private school members even lowered their tuition and miscellaneous fees.

“Nagbawas pa nga ng tuition fee ang iba sa amin. Iyong iba nga nagbibigay pa ng ibang items na makakatulong sa mga bata (Some of our members have lowered their tuition. Others are even giving away school items that students can use),” he said.

Meanwhile, Deped Undersecretary Jesse Mateo said they understand the situation of private school institutions. He also said the Education Department is already coordinating with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to provide assistance to private school teachers affected by the pandemic.

Deped is also calling on private schools to implement a transparent structure in case they have to increase their tuition.

“Medyo tataas din ang gastusin ng mga pribadong eskwelahan mas lalo na kung pinatupad iyong kanilang iniibang pamamaraan ng paghahatid (edukasyon) para matuloy lang ang pag-aaral ng mga kabataan, (Expenses of private schools might also increase especially if they are adapting to a different mode of learning just the continue students’ education)” Mateo said.

As of June 26, there are over 14 million enrollees recorded which is 50 percent of the total enrollees recorded last year, according to Deped. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

LGUs planning to donate gadgets to schools should follow DepEd technical specs – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGU) that are planning to donate tablets and other learning gadgets to their respective public schools should comply with the minimum technical specifications set by the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday.

“We all want to help our schools, especially our teachers and learners, cope and adjust with the new normal in education brought about by the pandemic but we don’t want these expensive gadgets to go to waste. We must be sure that they will be utilized,” DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

“Hence, we encourage our LGUs who are planning to donate ICT equipment to be guided by the technical specs given by DepEd when they make their donation,” he added.

In a recently issued memorandum circular, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año informed all LGUs of the DepEd’s minimum technical specifications.

According to the DILG Memorandum, the following are the minimum specs for laptops:

  • Processor with 1.6Ghz Based Speed, with Turbo Speed
  • Screen size of 13 inches, Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1080p Anti-Glare LED-Backlit or IPS Techn010U;
  • Memory of 8 QB RAM
  • Storage of 512 GB HDD SATA
  • Connectivity of Wireless LAN 802.11 b/ g /n/ac Bluetooth

The following are the minimum specs for tablets:

  • Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
  • A display size of 8 inches
  • Display resolution of 800 x 1280 Pixels
  • Storage of 32 GB; and
  • A 4G LTE (Optional, Preferred) Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth network

Meanwhile, the following are the minimum specs for smartphones:

  • Must have an Octa-core 2.0 GHz processor
  • A display size of 6 inches
  • A display type of IPS LCD Display
  • Display resolution of 720 x 1520 Pixels
  • Storage of 32 GB
  • Network of GSM / HSPA / LTE Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth; and
    Must have dual SIM

LGUs were also advised against purchasing Microsoft Office as DepEd will facilitate the installation of the said software given that they have a special Volume Licensing Agreement with Microsoft.

Malaya also said that DepEd can arrange an “‘Email of Eligibility” for LGU-donors from Microsoft that can be provided to manufacturers to build fresh devices with discounted Windows 10 Operating System.

“LGUs may provide ICT gadgets to schools by way of a Deed of Donation, or by common datum through a written agreement in favor of the Schools Division Office (SDO) or the public schools themselves,” he said.

 “This is for purposes of proper recording and accountability,” he added.

The DILG, meanwhile, lauded some LGUs that have allocated funds for the donation of gadgets to public schools and teachers to help them learn and work from home in this time of pandemic.

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