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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

U.S. presses again for full school reopening, despite risks

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The pressure to reopen schools comes from the top, with Trump threatening to withhold federal funding from schools that refuse to reopen

BUSES. In this file photo taken on March 31, 2020 about 100 school buses are parked at the Arlington County Bus Depot, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

10 million kids 'may never return to school' after coronavirus

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Save the Children says the economic fallout of the crisis could force an extra 90 to 117 million children into poverty, with a knock-on effect on school admissions

PRE-PANDEMIC SCHOOL. File photo of Corazon Aquino Elementary School students. Photo by Maria Tan/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

'Personal grudges, interests' prevailed in rejection of ABS-CBN franchise – academics

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:23 AM

The Philippine Association of Communication Educators promises to join electoral education initiatives 'to remind voters that no one, not even lawmakers, shall curtail press freedom'

TV host Kim Atienza led the prayers of employees and supporters during the solidarity night and candle lighting event of the ABS-CBN compound on uly 9, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

CHED says schools ready for 'flexible learning' in August

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:16 PM

'We are ready to open [classes] this August. No ifs, no buts. Learning must continue. We learn as one, we are ready,' says CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III

'WE'RE READY.' CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera III says colleges and universities are ready to open classes in August. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

6 PH universities offer free ‘flexible learning’ training for faculty members

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:46 PM

CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera III says the initiative is for 'smaller universities' that have limited capacity to prepare their faculty for the start of classes on August

[OPINION] The Ifugao, cowboys, and assimilation through education

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:01 PM

'[T]here are no initiatives yet to properly train teachers in indigenous history and heritage'

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.

Over 200,000 students transfer from private to public schools amid pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones attributes the transfer of students to public schools to the economic downturn, with many parents losing their jobs

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

[OPINION] Being gay in an all-girl Catholic school

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'Having a support system is not as powerful as it sounds if the structure it resides in is hesitant to change'

[OPINION] The myth of the 'pa-seminar' in the Philippines

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'Seminars are great morale boosters but fail to create lasting change. Participants are likely to remember how lackluster the speaker was, how many punchlines he delivered, or how picturesque the venue was, but not the goals of the program.'

U.S. says foreign students whose classes move online cannot stay

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:07 AM

'Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,' US Immigration and Custom Enforcement says in a statement

[PODCAST] Making Space: Are boys' schools ready to embrace co-education?

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Are constructing new bathrooms and giving sewing classes enough to welcome girls in high schools that are so used to being all-boys? Rappler explores the topic with La Salle Green Hills and Ateneo Senior High School alumni.

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

CHED allows medical schools to admit students who have not taken NMAT

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says it made the decision in response 'to the call of many students who want to pursue their medical education but were not able to take the National Medical Admission Test'

LENDING A HAND. Fostering doctors' interest in serving the Philippines begins way before medical school. Image from Shutterstock

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

[OPINION] It’s okay – take that online course

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:48 PM

'I dare do not discredit the happiness and pride people gain in finishing courses'

[OPINION] Ang pagbaba mula sa tore ng akademya

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:03 PM

'Hindi tuluyang lalaya ang kaisipan ng taumbayan kung nakakubli ang agham sa wikang ginagamit lamang ng iilan'

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

[OPINION] On hoarding certificates from online courses and webinars

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'The webinar is eroticized by so-called experts as a necessary and legitimate qualification. The certificate becomes the cult-favorite signal of self-improvement.'

After backlash, Briones orders review of distance learning requirements for private schools

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:59 PM

This comes after private schools raised concerns over the 'non-negotiable' requirements that, according to them, were finalized without any public consultation

REVIEW. Education Secretary Leonor Briones orders review on DepEd memo, which sets requirements for the conduct of distance learning in private schools. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte signs good manners and right conduct law

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:44 PM

As a subject, Good Manners and Right Conduct was removed when the K-12 curriculum was implemented in 2013. This was only integrated in other subjects.

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

DepEd: 40% of public school teachers trained for distance learning

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:06 PM

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

DISTANCE LEARNING. File photo of students during the first day of classes school year 2017-2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

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

No internet, no problem: Teachers in Chile take class to students

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Approximately 70% of Dream House School's 101 pupils are Mapuche, an indigenous people who live in Chile and Argentina. Most don't own computers and even fewer have access to the internet.

VAN SCHOOL. Cesar Mendez attends a lesson with his teacher Osmin Flores in a school van used as mobile classroom, outside his house in Catripulli, Carahue, Cautin province, Araucania region, Chile, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Mario Quilodran/AFP

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

Private schools to DepEd: Review 'non-negotiable' distance learning requirements

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:44 PM

'Where will the private schools get the financial wherewithal to fund the 'non-negotiable' minimum requirements?' asks the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations

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

How to help students in need cope with distance learning

Jun 24, 2020 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) Here are some of the initiatives

CHED: News reports on face-to-face classes in July not true

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Chairman Prospero de Vera III, however, says CHED is 'crafting guidelines for possible limited face-to-face classes in low risk MGCQ areas' as part of flexible learning approach

CLARIFICATION. CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III says news reports on supposed 'face-to-face' classes in July are not true. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHED launches web-based platform for free college learning materials

Jun 23, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Chairman Prospero de Vera III says CHED will fund the development of content for the learning platform this year

Screenshot from the PHL CHED Connect website

85,000 Makati public school students to get free learning modules, internet load

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:29 PM

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.

SCHOOLS PRE-PANDEMIC. Grade school students sing the national anthem before the coronavirus pandemic hit the Philippines. File photo photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

A quarter-billion children getting no education – U.N.

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:13 AM

Two African countries still ban pregnant girls from school, 117 countries allow child marriages, and 20 have yet to ratify an international convention that bans child labor

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

Australia plans university fees hike to deter humanities students

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The Australian government plans to double fees for humanities courses to persuade people to take up more 'job-relevant' programs instead, in order to boost the country's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic

8 years after shooting, Nobel-winner Malala graduates from Oxford University

Jun 19, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Almost 8 years after she was attacked by the Taliban on her school bus in the Swat Valley, the 22-year-old posts photos on Twitter of her celebrations with her family

GRADUATION. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai talks to journalists during the Oslo Summit on Education for Development in Oslo, Norway, on July 6, 2015. File photo by Audun Braastad/NTB Scanpix/AFP

[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

Pandemic no match for Indonesia's door-to-door teachers

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:45 AM

'No one's forcing me to do this – it's something inside telling me to do it,' the 57-year-old teacher Henrikus Suroto says

TEACHER. Elementary school students (R) greet their teacher Henrikus Suroto (L) as he arrives to teach them at their homes in Magelang, Central Java, after schools were closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Agung Supriyanto/AFP

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

CHED: ‘Limited’ face-to-face classes may be allowed in coronavirus-free areas

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:47 AM

'What is prohibited under IATF resolutions is the old or traditional full face-to-face classes in all areas under quarantine,' says CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III

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

Teachers’ group: ‘Distance learning moves education farther from poor children’s reach’

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:21 PM

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

Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers show placards of their demand inside a vehicle as they hold a lighting protest in front of the Departmen of Education office in Pasig City on June, 9, 2020. The group demanded the education agency to face the heightening crisis in the educational system brought by the pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINYON] Tara, webinar!

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Teacher ka? Walang nakatitiyak kung anong uri ng danas ang nakaamba sa atin sa pasukan. Mag-aral, maghanda, para hindi mabulaga.