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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

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

[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

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

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] 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

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 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

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

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

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.

Distance learning: A looming crisis for students with special needs

Jun 09, 2020 - 3:58 PM

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

Sorsogon project brings classes at home to students left out of distance learning

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:47 PM

As students struggle to access online classes, Pilar Reading Center helps make education more accessible by giving modular activities and training parents to be teachers at home during the pandemic

HOMESCHOOL. Young students still get to learn during the pandemic through modular reading activities and worksheets prepared by Pilar Reading Center. Photos from Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency

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.

Quezon City to provide tablets for 176,000 high school students

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:18 PM

A newly-approved local budget for education will also provide internet allowance and gadgets for public school teachers

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

Bill allowing class opening after August now up for Duterte’s signature

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:17 PM

Just like the senators did, representatives unanimously approve on final reading the bill giving the President the power to set the school opening at a later date

CLASSES IN A PANDEMIC. A Manila Health Department staff disinfects a classroom of M. Hizon Elementary School on June 1, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

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

Teachers' group wants class opening delayed to January 2021

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:52 PM

The Teachers' Dignity Coalition says delaying the opening of classes would give them more time to prepare for the distance learning approach

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

[OPINION] In response to Senator Imee Marcos' statement on teachers

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:31 PM

'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'

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

Inside the Industry: The future of schooling with

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Founder and CEO Henry Motte-Muñoz makes the present less scary for educators

Senators unanimously approve proposal to delay start of classes

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(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

DINFECTING CLASSROOMS. Members of Manila Health Department disinfects the classrooms of M. Hizon Elementary School as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19 and for the enrollment of students on June 1. Photo by KD Madrilejos/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

[OPINYON] Bakit takot tayong maantala ang pag-aaral?

May 31, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Hindi natakot maantala sa pag-aaral ang ating mga magulang at lolo’t lola noong World War 2. Ang pandemya ay isang digmaan. Nakataya ang buhay nating lahat. Bakit tayo nagmamadali?

Teacher walks extra mile during pandemic to help students in Sorsogon

May 30, 2020 - 11:46 PM

Michelle Rubio, a public school teacher in Sorsogon City, says teaching should be more than just providing learning materials to students especially during this time of a health crisis

BEYOND CLASSROOMS. Michelle Rubio teaches young children in Barangay Calao how to prevent COVID-19 through the mnemonics SPOTS: S-tay at home; P- ray. Wear mask; O-bserve proper handwashing; T-ouching your face is not allowed with your dirty hands; S-ocial distancing.

[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'