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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   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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DepEd to raise teachers’ ‘chalk allowance’ to P5,000 in 2019

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

PASIG CITY, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for additional chalk allowance for public school teachers in 2019.

At present, public school teachers are receiving only P3,500 for chalk allowance annually.

When it was first implemented in 2015, the initial P1,000 chalk allowance was later raised to P1,500.

In 2017, through the national budget, it was raised to P2,500.

This year, an additional P1,000 pesos was added making it to a total of P3,500.

The said allowance covers teachers’ expenses for classroom supplies such as chalk, pens, erasers, and paper among others.

Deliberations on the DepEd proposed budget will push through on Tuesday (December 11) which will specifically discuss cash allowances and benefits of teachers across the country.

“The increase will be for next year. In fact, there will be more in 2019 but we do not want to announce hangga’t hindi po nagiging batas iyong budget for 2019,” said Education Undersecretary Anne Sevilla.

Apart from this, Sevilla said they will try to ask approval for some financial benefits that may be given to teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools while still waiting for salary increase.

“The Secretary and the whole department has worked hard na madagdagan hindi lamag ang chalk allowance kundi iba pang benepisyo na nakalagay naman sa Magna Carta ng Teachers and employees,” she added.

Sevilla assured that DepEd offices across the country have already processed the anniversary bonus of teachers which should have been received by them even before the month of December.

‘We will ensure na lahat po ay makakatanggap po ng year-end bonus. All the employess of Deped Should have the anniversary bonus,’ Sevilla concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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DepEd announces early holiday break for elementary, high school students

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – High school and elementary students may look forward to a merrier vacation as the Department of Education (DepEd) announced an early holiday break this December.

According to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, the agency has decided to set December 15 as the last day of school instead of the original schedule which is December 22.

This is to ensure that students will be able enjoy quality time with their loved ones this holiday season.

Briones added that she consulted all regional and division school superintendents on the matter.

Also, Briones assured that teachers will be able to finish the required lessons on time even if students are given an early break.

“We now have moved it to Dec 15, we believe that our learners should have a more time to spend for their family and this is an opportunity, also learning opportunity for them to bond with their families especially those who are visiting from abroad in terms extended families as well as friends,” the Education Secretary said.

Meanwhile, the DepEd reminds all teachers and students that classes will resume on January 2, 2019 and the last day of the school year 2018-2019 will be in April 5, 2019. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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Albayalde to teachers on viral test paper: ‘Do not poison the minds of the youth’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A concerned parent posted on social media a screen shot of her son’s school test paper which she said has “disturbing content.”

The parent said it seemed inappropriate to use phrases like “abusado ang mga pulis”(abusive policemen) and “malalaki ang tiyan ng mga pulis” (police have big pot bellies) to use in a school test paper on lessons about adjectives especially for Grade 2 pupils who are still in their formative years.

Snippet of the test paper given to Grade 2 students that drew flak for its age-inappropriate content 

 

Another disturbing line that caught her attention was “pulang pula ang dugo na nagkalat sa sahig” (the blood on the floor is very red).

The post has gained more than 8,000 reactions and over 13,000 shares on social media.

Snippet of the test paper given to Grade 2 students that drew flak for its age-inappropriate content 

The parent explained that she already talked to her son’s teacher and the school principal who already apologized for the matter. She preferred, however, not to mention the name of the school so as not to trigger a controversy that would affect other students and other teachers in the school.

She, however, told the school management to be more strict in editing the contents of their materials and the teacher to be more sensitive especially that she is teaching children in their early level of education.

Reacting to the issue, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde directed a strong message to all teachers in the country.

“Huwag nating lasunin ang pagiisip ng mga kabataan (Do not poison the minds of the youth).  Tayong mga guro (Teachers) are considered the second parents of our children so let’s teach them of what is right and what is good for the nation, not what is good for your university, for your school,” Albayalde said.

“Remember, education plays a vital role sa ikauunlad ng isang bansa. Napakaimportante po ang edukasyon. Kung iyang ang ituturo natin sa ating mga kabataan, ano ang mangyayari sa Pilipinis 5 to 10 years from now pagka-graduate nila(Remember, education plays a vital role in a country’s progress. Education is very important. If that is the kind of lesson we will teach, what do you think will happen to the Philippines, 5 or 10 years from now after they graduate)?…At that early age you are already inciting, educating that child to go against his own country,” he added.

The Department of Education (DepEd) is now investigating the case and verifying which school the viral test paper came from.

According to Education Under Secretary Ann Sevilla, once they identify the name of the school they will remind the management to be more careful in writing and editing their learning materials.

DepEd will also demand an explanation for the  disturbing words before they take action.

Sevilla noted that teachers should not use conclusive words to describe a person or an organization especially in teaching young students in grade school.

Albayalde, meanwhile, said they are willing to help should the head of the school decide to file a case against the teacher saying, “if this is the way para matuto rin ang [ibang] teachers (If this is the way for other teachers to learn as well).” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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