DepEd sets ‘Brigada Eskwela’ for May 20 to 25

Marje Pelayo   •   March 26, 2019   •   9834

Volunteers help clean up classrooms in preparation for the school opening

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the official start of its annual clean up drive or ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in preparation for the opening of classes for School Year 2019-2020.

This year’s school clean up efforts will run from May 20 to 25 which aims to “bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public schools for the opening of classes.”

Likewise, Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced through DepEd Memorandum No. 029 series of 2019 the launching of Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE).

The OBE is a collaborative effort of government agencies and organizations as well as other stakeholders for the opening of the school year.

“The OBE is part of the Department’s efforts to ensure that learners are already properly enrolled and able to attend school by the first day of classes,” Briones said in the memo.

Oplan Balik Eskwela will run from May 27 to June 7. – Marje Pelayo

‘Face to face’ classes subject to DOH clearance—Deped

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 11, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) reiterated that face-to-face classes “shall only be allowed when the local risk severity grading permits, and subject to compliance with minimum health standards.”

Deped Secretary Leonor Briones said schools that would want to conduct face-to-face classes should first secure clearance from the Department of Health (DOH).

“There are places na zero [cases]. Like Bohol, nagkaroon sila ng dalawa, pero ngayong under control na (they had two cases but now the situation is under control). We have to get clearance from the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and DOH,” she said.

Briones also said that even if face-to-face classes will be allowed, the number of students in a classroom would be limited from 15 to 20 students per class.

Physical distancing and minimum health requirements directed by the DOH and the IATF-MEID will also be implemented.

Meanwhile, Deped Usec. Anne Sevilla said private schools can begin the opening of classes before August 24. However, the Education Department will not allow the face-to-face classes.

“Ang choice ng mga eskwelahan (The options of schools) will depend on the local public health situation. So definitely, sa locality ay hindi pwede ang face-to-face, (in the locality, face-to-face is not allowed)” she said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Gatchalian says home-based learning may be ‘new normal’ in upcoming school year

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Learning from home may become the “new normal” for millions of students when school year 2020-2021 opens in August, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture, said that the Department of Education (DepEd) should use every platform to ensure the continued education and safety of more than 27 million learners amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

He said the mix of digital, low-tech, and no-tech methods will help DepEd reach all learners, especially those in the far-flung areas without access to the internet.

Since not all learners have connectivity and available gadgets for online-based learning, the senator said that television and radio will be key to reaching more learners nationwide.

“Marami pa rin sa ating mga mag-aaral sa buong bansa ang hindi nakakagamit ng internet, kaya malaki ang potensyal ng radyo at telebisyon upang maipagtuloy natin ang edukasyon sa loob ng ating mga tahanan,” Gatchalian said.

“Sa pagpasok ng SY 2020-2021, mahalagang magamit natin lahat ng paraaan upang maipagpatuloy ang edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan at mapanatili ang kanilang kaligtasan,” he added.

The lawmaker also proposed that the number of subjects under DepEd’s Learning Continuity Plan be reduced only to core subjects amid the health crisis situation.

He also suggested that the time leading to the opening of classes on August 24 should be spent on preparing teachers, parents and learners on using different tools for home-based learning.

The DepEd earlier said it is studying various modes of learning for students depending on the situation in their areas. Its guidelines will be released when finalized.

Deped: Classes to open on August 24

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that classes in public and private schools will open beginning August 24.

DepEd, however, said that the opening of classes will follow the guidelines under the ‘new normal’, and students and teachers may either physically go to school or learn online or through television.

According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the department has prepared a new system for the school year.

Mayroon namang tinatawag na flexible learning options. Pwedeng may mga schools na handa na daw silang magbukas ng online, mapa-public or mapa-private, ng kanilang school lesson. Marami rin through cellphone, pwede rin sa telebisyon tsaka sa radyo (There is a flexible learning option. There are schools that are ready to open their school lessons online, in public, or in private. A lot of them are through cellphones, televisions, and radio),” she said.

Enrollment will begin on June 1 until 30. Briones also tasked teachers to report to their schools physically or online. Teachers will also be subjected to training for the new curriculum.

During enrollment, parents will have to answer a form to determine which mode of teaching will be best for their children.

“May mga bagong programa tayo para sa mga bata (We have a new program for our students) so they can learn well in schools with the guidance of their parents,” Briones said.

Meanwhile, DepEd said that, for this school year, mass gatherings in schools including Palarong Pambansa, Brigada Eskwela, Campus Journalism, and Science and Trade fair are put on hold. –AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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