Enrollees for SY 2021-2022 reach over 27 million – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2021   •   233

MANILA, Philippines – The number of students who enrolled for School Year (SY) 2021-2000 has reached 27 million, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said.

The DepEd said there are a total of 27,583,701 students enrolled in this school year or 105.2 percent higher than the 26.2 million recorded last year.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said this figure could still go up until the end of enrollment on Sept. 30.

“Ang magandang balita ay nalampasan natin ang enrollment last year. Even with change conditions more challenges nalagpasan natin,” she said.

“Nagpapakita ito na sa ating kultura mahalaga talaga ang edukasyon at ang parents, consider education as very important and crucial for the lives of children,” she added.

DepEd formally opened the new school year on Sept.13. The enrollment in public schools started on August 16 and was extended to Sept. 30 to accommodate late enrollees.

DepEd: Parents not forced to send children to in-person classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) assured that parents will not be forced to let their children participate in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes.

In a statement, the department reiterated that stringent preparations and protocols have been established to provide maximum protection for students and other participating stakeholders in this critical undertaking.

As of October 26, around 90 public schools have been allowed to participate in the pilot run on November 15.

“We would like to emphasize that the pilot run of face-to-face classes will be voluntary. Parents must provide written consent allowing their children to join. No parent shall be forced to send their children in this modality since the schools will still hold distance learning classes,” according to the statement.

The education department also reported that around 93.2% of teachers and staff of participating schools are vaccinated.

DepEd, along with other government departments, said they are committed to proactively monitor and assess trends and concerns about the risk of COVID-19 in schools. AAC

90 public schools to push through with pilot face-to-face classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday confirmed that 90 public schools will push through with the pilot face-to-face classes.

During a virtual press briefing, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones reported that of the 90 public schools identified, 14 schools are in CARAGA; 10 schools each for Regions I, II and VIII; eight schools each for Regions VII, IX, and XI; six schools in Region X; five schools each in Regions IV-A, and XII.

Briones said the department is eyeing to reach 100 schools that will participate in the face-to-face classes on November 15.

“As of now, iyong objective natin na maka-abot ng 100 public schools ay 90 na ang ating na-identify,” she said.

The DepEd secretary also assured that they are coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in assessing and identifying schools eligible to participate in the pilot run of face-to-face classes.

“In line with the granular risk assessment of schools conducted by the DOH, there are 329 schools that passed the assessment as minimal or low risk,” according to Briones. AAC

CHED rolls out vaccination of student-athletes in Metro Manila universities

Maris Federez   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government has started the rollout of vaccination among student-athletes in Metro Manila universities.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said this is part of their preparation in case face-to-face classes, physical training, and sports activities in universities will finally be allowed amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

CHED said around 300 student-athletes at the college level have received their first dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine.

University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) president Emmanuel Calanog said they will be pushing for the restaging of the basketball league this coming February 2022.

They plan to start training and other activities in November to prepare their athletes for the league.

“That’s November, December, January. We have about three and a half months for them to train to get back to competition to be able to start in February. Yung volleyball naman ang target namin doon is after holy week. So, there is more time. More or less, that’s the schedule. And, of course, what the government will allow at that time,” Calanog said.

He added that basketball and volleyball players in their member schools are already 100 percent vaccinated, and all they are waiting for is the approval of the government for them to resume sports activities.

Member schools, Calanog added, have also conducted retrofitting and adjustment of sports facilities.

Meanwhile, CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III said they are now preparing the guidelines to be implemented in sports activities in colleges and universities.

“Ngayong marami na ang bakuna, mababa-vaccniate na yung mga estudyante, mga athletes. The only thing we have to do is to tweak the guidelines given these circumstances now,” De Vera said.

“Noong kinrop (crop) yung policy konti pa lang ang bakuna. Ngayong madami na, iba na yung context ng guidelines. So, the guidelines have to be rewritten,” he added.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said 100 percent of student-athletes must be fully vaccinated before the government gives its approval for the resumption of training activities.

“I suggest talagang kailangang ma-vaccinate na natin ng first dose yung lahat ng mga athletes before the end of October para yung second dosing natin we can finish by November. You can start already yung mga practices ninyo,” Galvez said.

“I-encourage na talagang ngayon month maximize na natin talagang bakunahan na natin lahat ng mga athletes so that we can start early the training,” he added.

The NTF and the Department of Education (DepEd), on the other hand, have agreed to intensify the vaccination rollout among teaching and non-teaching personnel at elementary and secondary levels.

DepEd has prepared the list of teachers and school personnel to be submitted to the IATF for the inoculation drive.

“Nakipagpulong ang kagawaran sa NTF, yung vaccination task force ng gobyerno, para ma-accelerate yung vaccination ng ating teachers at ibang school personnel,” said DepEd Director Roger Masapol. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

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