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Korean ‘Hangeul’ not replacing Filipino in school curriculum – DepEd

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

A Korean language textbook used in Filipino school curriculum

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified that Korean language is not a replacement for Filipino language in school curricula.

Reports said 10 selected schools in the country have started to teach “Hangeul” or Korean language in class.

This drew flak on social media because many thought it would replace or totally scrap the Filipino language in school curriculum.

“Again Korean is an elective and special program na dinagdag po natin sa mga foreign language na existing na noong 2009 pa. Again ano po iyong 5? German, Mandarin, Nihonggo, French and Spanish; and now we have Korean,” explained Education Undersecretary Anne Sevilla.

DepEd argued that from kindergarten until the students reach Grade 3, the medium of instruction is the mother tongue, which is Filipino, and other local dialects for some subjects in schools.

This is in contrast to the claims and opinions of many on social media.

In fact, DepEd said, they have been consistent in strengthening and promoting the Filipino language to school children and teen students.

 “Hindi po papalitan ng Korean language ang ating Filipino language. Definitely not because the Department of Education is enhancing and improving our Filipino and panitikan as a core subject. So, major po iyan; walang bata na magtatapos ng K12 na hindi nag-aaral ng Filipino at panitikan kasi siya po ay core subjects,” Sevilla reiterated.

Sevilla noted that aside from the Filipino language, two other subjects use Filipino as a medium of instruction and these are Araling Panlipunan which discusses culture and history of the Philippines; and the Values Formation which, by the name itself, deals with good values practiced by Filipinos. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)


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UNICEF turns over ‘school-in-a-bag’ packages to schools in Region 8

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

UNICEF and partners SEAMEO INNOTECH and Smart Communications turn over school in a bag kits to 50 multigrade schools in Northern Samar and Samar divisions. This is part of UNICEF’s support to the Department of Education (DepEd) to improve the quality of education in multigrade schools in the Philippines. |© UNICEF Philippines/2019/Vitto Milanes

UNICEF on Saturday (May 25) has given out 50 portable and digital classroom packages for select schools in Samar and Northern Samar to help improve student learning in multi-grade classes.

In a press release, UNICEF explained that “multigrade classes are inclusive systems wherein children with different developmental levels, abilities and needs mix and learn together in one classroom under the guidance of one teacher.”

The UN’s children’s agency said that it has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd), PLDT-Smart, and SEAMEO-Innotech in launching the program.

“Each school-in-a-bag package handed over today equips classes with a projector, one teacher laptop and tablet in one, five student tablets, DVD player, USB memory drive, and pocket wifi with starter load,” the statement added.

It said that around 2,500 disadvantaged school children will benefit from the project.

“Today’s turnover of school-in-a-bag packages aims to bring 21st-century learning to all children, particularly for learners from isolated and indigenous poor communities. This is part of our long-standing commitment that every Filipino child realizes their right to quality education,” UNICEF Representative a.i. Julia Rees said in the agency’s statement sent to media.

She added that the agency looks forward “to replicating the project in other parts of the country where it is needed most.”

As the project’s technology partner, PLDT-Smart developed a learning app in Waray and Ibakon languages, and packaged customized, relevant e-learning resources for tablets and laptops.

The development of this app is based on the review and feedback from multigrade teachers and implementers who completed the training on Contextualization of Multigrade Teach-Learn Material in Region 8 in February 2018.

As an implementing partner, SEAMEO-Innotech, on the other hand, has been helping improve access to quality learning by coordinating and organizing activities with the DepEd.

UNICEF’s statement added that the lack of schools, teacher absenteeism, run-down facilities and the lack of inclusive learning set-up for children from indigenous communities or for children with disability are some of the reasons why about 2.8 million school-aged Filipino children are not in school or enrolled in alternative learning options.

Samar and Northern Samar are among UNICEF’s geographical priority areas where some of the most disadvantaged children are. Priority areas also include Western Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, and the five provinces in BARMM, namely, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. /mbmf

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Teachers in Mindanao not backing out as BEIs—Deped

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

File photo: Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors during an election

The Department of Education (Deped) said there hasn’t been reports of teachers in Mindanao backing out as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs).

More than 200,000 teachers are needed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to assist in the upcoming elections on May 13.

Comelec has previously declared the whole Mindanao as election hotspot due to threats of armed and terrorist group.

READ: Comelec declares entire Mindanao, other areas as 2019 poll hotspots

Deped Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said “I guess the local situation will still be important because even in non-hotspot areas, it’s the usual but you can also be sure that teachers have been there and done that in the longest time that we’ve been involved as a support institution for the conduct of the elections.”

Deped explained that teachers have the right to back out from serving in the election if their area is under threat.

During these situations, the police and the military will replace teachers as members of the electoral board.

Under Republic Act 01756 or Election Service Act or ESRA, serving in the elections is voluntary work.

Aside Mindanao, areas under Comelec control also include Daraga, Albay; Jones, Isabela; Lope de Vega, Northern Samar, and the whole province of Abra.

“I think to the extent that Comelec has not approached us to talk about a crisis situation then we feel that it’s still in order,” Malaluan said.

Meanwhile, Deped also hopes that Congress will approve the proposed budget for the honoraria of teachers voluntarily serving in the May 13 elections.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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DepEd denies banning ACT members from poll duties

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019

Members of the Act Teachers party-list during a protest rally | Photo credit: Act Teachers Party-List Facebook Page

The Department of Education (DepEd) has confirmed that members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) or other teacher’s organizations will continue to perform their election duties.

In a statement, DepEd reiterated that there has not been any order coming from the Central Office that prohibits ACT members or any teachers’ unions/associations from serving as part of the electoral boards in the upcoming midterm polls.

The education department also expressed disappointment over the statement of ACT party-list on their Facebook page alleging DepEd local officials of prohibiting ACT party-list members from serving as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI).

“Before condemning, ACT should come forward with specific and validated incidents when alleged DepEd local officials prohibited election service of their members who are public school teachers,” according to DepEd.

The department also advises ACT partylist to raise the matter to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which constitutes and appoints the electoral boards through election officers.

“It may be asked whether membership of public school teachers and other government employees in an electoral party, such as party-lists, does not violate the laws prohibiting civil servants from engaging in partisan political activities. Again, this is an issue best addressed to COMELEC, and the Civil Service Commission,” DepEd said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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