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Alliance of Concerned Teachers hits DepEd as 7 million students still unenrolled

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:05 PM

'One child left behind is one too many, and the government is duty-bound to ensure each and every Filipino’s exercise of all of their constitutionally guaranteed rights,' says the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. Public school students attend flag ceremony during the opening of classes in 2017. File photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

The dream and life a boy left behind

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Help finds its way to the family of Ricky Benig, 19, whose death spotlighted how students at the fringes of society struggle with the requirements of distance learning

General caption:Romeo Benig, 62, and Maria, 60, of Barangay Fidel Surtida, Sto Domingo town in Albay, work hard but their meager earnings could not get their children internet access and gadgets for their online classes. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Handa na bang magbukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 ang Pilipinas?

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:41 PM

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.

DepEd ramps up online education platform ahead of new school year

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The education department is doubling the capacity of DepEd Commons to accommodate at least 17 million users by August 24

Printed materials, online classes 'most preferred' for distance learning – DepEd

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:35 AM

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

A school teacher and staff at the Mabini Elementary School in Baguio City prepares emergency kits for students of each grade level and disinfects the premises to ensure protection and prevent transmission of the covid-19 virus. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Palace says DTI or DepEd should issue film production guidelines – not FDCP

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque himself points out that the FDCP has no regulatory powers

DepEd expects 80% enrollment for school year 2020-2021

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:29 PM

As of July 1, 16.6 million students in public and private schools have enrolled – just around 59% of the 27.7 million enrollees in 2019

SCHOOL OPENING PRE-PANDEMIC. File photo of elementary students. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DepEd opens senior high school voucher program for 2020-2021

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:52 PM

The program aims to provide financial assistance for incoming senior high school students in participating private or non-DepEd public senior high schools

Students at the Araullo High School don face masks as the Manila City local government led by Mayor Isko Moreno provided 500,000 face masks to public school students for protection against the Novel Coronavirus on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DepEd urges private schools to defer tuition hike

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The Department of Education also says it will meet with private schools next week to discuss their concerns about a department order on 'non-negotiable' distance learning requirements

Lawmaker dares Briones to 'demonstrate' distance learning in poor areas

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:20 PM

'DepEd policies for their back-to-school program [are] anti-poor. The education department assumes that all students are capable of teaching themselves at home,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

'ANTI-POOR.' ACT Teachers Representative France Castro dares DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones to demonstrate distance learning in poor areas. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Teachers urge DepEd to extend their work from home setup

Jun 20, 2020 - 4:41 PM

According to the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition, requiring teachers to report to schools starting June 22 is 'unnecessary, impractical, and will just place them and other people in a health hazard'

IN DANGER? A teachers group calls on the Department of Education to let educators work from home longer. Rappler file photo

[ANALYSIS] Balancing education risks during this pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:46 AM

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.

Vico Sotto says Pasig raised P1.2 billion for students’ tablets, laptops

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:58 PM

'Don't give up school. Just enroll. You won't have to spend extra,' Sotto urges students as schools shift to distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic

PASIG SCHOLARS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto poses for a photo with students at the Pasig City Science High School on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DepEd probes mask-sharing at graduation rites in Bicol

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:46 AM

'We would like to reiterate that graduation and moving up rites that require face-to-face interaction are postponed until further notice,' says DepEd, following a viral video of students sharing a face mask in Daet, Camarines Norte

MASK-SHARING. Students from a public school in Daet, Camarines Norte were seen sharing a single mask for their "graduation" pictorial. Screenshot from the viral video

Duterte eyes purchase of radios for students in far-flung areas during pandemic

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:52 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says government will 'try to come up with something' as more funds are needed for the proposed radios

PREPARING FOR SCHOOL. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Disease in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. Malacañang photo

To aid remote registration, DepEd implements ‘drop box system of enrollment’

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:53 PM

'Drop box kiosks will only cater to those parents who do not have access to remote means to communicate with their schools but wish to enroll their child,' says DepEd

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. File photo of public elementary students during the class opening for school year 2019-2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Briones: 'We don’t accept cash donations'

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The Department of Education releases the minimum specifications for the gadgets and internet services to be donated to schools, teachers, and students for distance learning

For distance learning, Nancy Binay advises DepEd to train parents too

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:39 AM

'Napakalaki po ng participation ng magulang dito e. Mayroon ho bang separate training ang DepEd para sa mga parents?' Senator Nancy Binay asks

TRAINING FOR PARENTS. Senator Nancy presides a Senate hearing during the 18th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tuition fee hike in private schools should be justified – DepEd

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the decision on a tuition fee increase is 'largely internal' to private schools

TUITION FEE HIKE. Education secretary Leonor Briones attends senate hearing on the Programme for International Student Assessment on February 13, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Leaving it to LGUs to provide gadgets to students can further digital divide – group

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Some local governments are rich, some aren't. A teachers' group says the national government should step in.

DepEd postpones face-to-face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) Despite calls from parents and teachers to delay classes, the DepEd says it's preparing for a distance learning approach so classes can start on August 24

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. File photo of students during the opening of classes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DepEd: 5 million students register during 1st week of remote enrollment

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:57 PM

The initial number of enrollees is less than a fifth of last year's 27.7 million student population in primary and secondary schools

SCHOOLS PRE-PANDEMIC. File photo of public elementary students. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte on DepEd's distance learning: 'I don't know if we're ready'

Jun 05, 2020 - 6:30 PM

'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

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. File photo of students during the first day of classes. Rappler photo

DepEd warns public against illegal selling of learning materials online

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The Department of Education says all learning materials will be free of charge once they become available

DepEd: Students with special needs included in distance learning preps

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Education has 3 months to prepare before the start of distance learning on August 24

INCLUSIVE LEARNING. File photo of DepEd Undersecretary Tionisto Umali. Rappler photo

Public school teachers to receive P3,500 cash allowance this June

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The Department of Education says it is eyeing to release the cash allowance on the second week of June

BACK TO SCHOOL PREPS. Grade six school teacher Rea Aniasco arranges the classroom chairs into 20 pieces. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

As remote enrollment begins, Filipinos debate distance learning for students

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Filipinos online tackle the pros and cons of enrolling students for the upcoming school year, given the alternative learning methods proposed by the Department of Education

FAST FACTS: DepEd’s distance learning

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:13 PM

Rappler takes a look at the distance learning approach of the education department and defines the terms being floated as the school opening nears

SCHOOL OPENING PRE-PANDEMIC. File photos of elementary students. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Safety and material needs first, not just ‘schooling versus learning’

May 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'A tech fix alone does not constitute a solution to the real concerns, worries, and conditions of parents, teachers, and learners'

FALSE: 'DepEd announces Grade 13'

May 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The supposed screenshot of a news report was created with a meme generator tool

Decline in enrollees: Parents cite finances, doubts about distance learning

May 29, 2020 - 8:26 AM

'Ang focus muna namin ngayon ay mabuhay, dahil sa ngayon walang-wala na po kami talaga,' says one parent

DISTANCE LEARNING. File photo of public elementary students. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Remote enrollment in basic education will be implemented during pandemic

May 28, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The Department of Education releases the guidelines for enrollment for the school year 2020-2021

BACK TO SCHOOL. File photo of elementary students. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Physical Education stays, PSC and DepEd say

May 28, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission fights for the retention of PE, citing it as a 'core subject' as the country shifts to blended learning

No need to buy gadgets, printed materials will be given – DepEd

May 28, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The Department of Education says it will find a way to bring printed learning materials to students

DISTANCE LEARNING. File photo of public elementary school students. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Public school enrollment to push through on June 1 – Malacañang

May 27, 2020 - 11:03 AM

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

Students and teachers of Laurel Elementary School cover their noses in an attempt to reduce the stink coming from a nearby dumpsite. Photo from Laurel Baho facebook page

Roque: Classes to resume virtually if community quarantine lasts until August 24

May 26, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Students in areas without internet access may attend barangay 'makeshift classes' with radio or TV sets, says the presidential spokesperson

CYBER SCHOOLING. Students' faces appear on tablets perched on robots during a "cyber graduation" ceremony in Taguig City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vico Sotto: We can't let public school students get left behind

May 26, 2020 - 2:55 PM

The Pasig mayor says whether or not physical classes resume, the city is 'identifying funds' for personal learning devices for public school students

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during a Rappler interview in October 2019. Rappler screenshot

‘No decision’ yet on mass testing in schools – DepEd

May 18, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'It might be misinterpreted as testing all, which may be neither affordable nor needed,' Department of Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says

File photo of students attending the flag ceremony on the first day of classes

[PODCAST] Mga problemang pasan ng mga estudyante sa panahon ng pandemya

May 14, 2020 - 11:02 PM

Ano ang dapat alalahanin ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno at eskwelahan sa kanilang paggawa ng guidelines sa pasukan?

Gov't task force approves DepEd resolution to open classes in August

May 11, 2020 - 7:40 PM

'No face-to-face classes will be allowed earlier than August 24, 2020, and from then on, face-to-face classes may be conducted only in areas allowed to open physically,' Education Secretary Leonor Briones says

File photo Education Secretary Leonor Briones

During pandemic, DepEd releases guidelines for summer classes

May 11, 2020 - 7:58 AM

Summer classes for 2020 start on Monday, May 11

DISINFECTION. Pasig City local government officer disinfects schools and other public places in the city. Photo from the Pasig City Public Information Office

Education workers' group offers guidelines on safe reopening of classes

May 07, 2020 - 2:37 PM

Education International, a global federation of education unions, launches safety guidelines for class opening during the pandemic

File photo of public elementary students in Marikina City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: DepEd adds cyber safety modules to e-learning platform

May 02, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Department of Education stresses the need to protect children from online dangers as they study from home during the quarantine period

DepEd considers August as class opening for school year 2020-2021

Apr 21, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says they will consider the recommendation of the government task force against coronavirus on the opening of classes

Elementary students inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lessons may be delivered via TV, radio for school year 2020-2021 – DepEd

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The Department of Education says that the opening for school year 2020-2021 does not necessarily mean that students will be coming to school

Elementary students inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DepEd eyes e-graduation due to coronavirus pandemic

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:32 AM

'I know this is a cause for disappointment among families, but under the present conditions, we cannot allow [the usual graduation rites],' DepEd Secretary Briones says

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School wear face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/RapplerNabong/Rappler

No graduation rites in the country during coronavirus pandemic – Briones

Apr 13, 2020 - 2:40 PM

'Mas mabuti pa na buong bansa muna ang walang graduation,' Education Secretary Leonor Briones says

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School don face masks as the Manila City local government led by Mayor Isko Moreno provided 500,000 face masks to public school students for protection against the coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Education Secretary Briones now tests negative for coronavirus

Apr 13, 2020 - 10:14 AM

It remains unclear if this is Briones' second negative result for the coronavirus

Rappler file photo of Education Secretary Leonor Briones. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

7,704 delegates in national DepEd events clear preventive quarantine

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:19 PM

The education department says it continues to monitor 'a very small number of delegates still classified as patients under investigation'

DepEd official tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The patient attended the National Schools Press Conference and National Festival of Talents, which involved around 8,000 students