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Tuturuan ang mga estudyante sa pamamagitan ng printed modules, online learning, at mga leksiyon sa TV o radyo. Maraming tutol sa desisyon ng DepEd na ituloy ang school opening.
'Having a support system is not as powerful as it sounds if the structure it resides in is hesitant to change'
The education department is doubling the capacity of DepEd Commons to accommodate at least 17 million users by August 24
The Department of Education says the opening of classes on August 24 is pushing through, despite criticism regarding the government’s readiness for implementing distance learning
This comes after private schools raised concerns over the 'non-negotiable' requirements that, according to them, were finalized without any public consultation
A Department of Education official tells a Senate panel that so far, 300,000 of the country's 800,000 public school teachers have been trained for distance learning, with just two months left before the opening of classes
Makati Mayor Abby Binay says the learner's package and free internet load will benefit all public school students from preschool to senior high school. Teachers will get free internet load as well.
The pandemic has made distance learning a necessary tool. But it cannot serve as the exclusive approach to education while we wait for a vaccine.
'Napakalaki po ng participation ng magulang dito e. Mayroon ho bang separate training ang DepEd para sa mga parents?' Senator Nancy Binay asks
The Alliance for Concerned Teachers is also demanding the Department of Education provide teachers with laptops and P1,500 internet allowance per month for the school year 2020-2021
While distance learning for basic education students is a challenge, it's even more so for teachers figuring out how best to teach students with disabilities
Some local governments are rich, some aren't. A teachers' group says the national government should step in.
'Secretary Briones is insisting that there is an alternative there. She has a very good program for that like teleconferencing. The technology is good. I don't know if we are ready for that,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
The Department of Education says all learning materials will be free of charge once they become available
The Teachers' Dignity Coalition says delaying the opening of classes would give them more time to prepare for the distance learning approach
'Instead of blaming teachers for not being able to teach soft skills, as Senator Marcos claims, the government could alleviate the issue by investing more in the education system'
The Department of Education has 3 months to prepare before the start of distance learning on August 24
(UPDATED) Senate Bill 1541 seeks to give the President the power to set the start of classes later than August during a state of emergency
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that face-to-face classes will only be allowed in areas that are no longer under community quarantine by the time classes start
President Duterte rejects the idea of opening classes in August, saying we should wait for a vaccine first. Does this mean education has to stop?
'Does the institution care for our teachers? What if those teachers also become carriers of the virus to their students and family members? Will the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education be accountable for this?'
'They should never ever sacrifice the education budget so we could build up necessary facilities for online learning,' former University of the Philippines Diliman chancellor Michael Tan says
If education authorities want a new education 'normal' where blended learning is a viable strategy, they must go beyond simply encouraging its use. Government must provide funding support.
The impediment to a broader use of digital learning lies on the student side – and to address this requires government and private sector support
After this pandemic, the gap between the rich and the poor will still remain
The bill is now up for the President's signature
'I realized that online learning is not exactly a worst case scenario'
It's more Filipino and more affordable, says the Pasig mayor
'Joining the [Programme for International Student Assessment] next year without cascading the reforms, I don't think we will expect good results,' says the chair of the Senate committee on basic education
Do you have any intention or ambition to contribute to the country?
Ang mga guro muna ang dapat malugod sa pagbabasa bago ang kanilang mag-aaral. Dahil hindi kayang isalin kahit ng pinakamasinop na learning plan at daily lesson log ang lugod at kawilihang dulot ng pagbabasa.
This cannot be a quick fix. What is required is a sustained undertaking spanning multiple presidential administrations.
Decades of skewed priorities in education have come to slap us in the face: we are now officially a country with the worst proficiency in reading for 15-year-olds
'Minsan mas nauubos ang panahon ng mga teachers kakagawa ng paperworks at iba pang gawain kaysa sa pagtuturo. The system has to change,' says one netizen
The Philippines ranks last among 79 countries in reading comprehension, and also ends up in the low 70s in mathematics and science
At least we now have baseline data that we can use to compare our country’s PISA performance with other countries. It’s better than groping in the dark.
Would you mind a conversation with the taxi driver or the package delivery boy about the things that matter to him?
Advocates talk about 4 sectors – urban poor, out-of-school youth and children, and indigenous peoples – during a MovePH huddle done in partnership with the UP College of Education Student Council
'The bill is counterproductive, anti-education, anti-alumni, anti-students, and anti-science,' says alumnus Joseph Masangkay Lardizabal
Honoring teachers must not be limited to celebrating them once a year or giving them discounts and tributes
Kabilang sa broken family. Abandonado. Ulila. Nawalay sa pamilya. Working students. May mga estudyante sa St Nicolas Senior High School of Cabanatuan City na may mabibigat na pinagdaraanan. Maaari ninyo silang tulungan.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says the Senate committee on basic education's priorities are with the K-12 curriculum and addressing the demands of the job market and job mismatch
The voucher will cover only two years regardless of how long it will take for a student to finish senior high school
'Be it school opening, graduation period, or vacation time, teachers ache for just compensation,' says Alliance of Concerned Teachers Secretary General Raymond Basilio
In order to cope, some schools find the need to split classrooms in half to accommodate students. Teachers say until a more permanent solution is reached, students' learning will continue to be affected by the lack of facilities.
Some classrooms don't have chairs, some are mere tents, but the DepEd vows ‘to deliver quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education’
Despite severe birth pains, the SHS program is here to stay. But we need to know as soon as possible which parts of it are working and which aren’t.
The cases of Philippine Science High School now and St. Theresa's College Cebu in 2012 show that, when it comes to meting out punishment, an iron hand is used for girls while boys are treated with kid gloves