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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

Djokovic still undecided over U.S. Open

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

After recovering from coronavirus, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has only confirmed to play at the French Open in September

BASHED. Novak Djokovic says the widespread criticism he received felt like a 'witch hunt.' Photo by Martin Bureau /AFP

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.

Nadal raises doubts over U.S. Open participation

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Rafael Nadal opts to see action in the Madrid Open, a warmup tournament for the rescheduled French Open

MAJOR DECISION. Rafael Nadal may just stay in Europe as US sees a surge in virus cases. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Federer 'missing' Wimbledon but aiming to be back next year

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries this year, had already announced he will not play again until next year

WAITING GAME. Roger Federer says the coronavirus lockdown has given him the chance to recuperate following his surgeries, but says he will have to be 'patient' as he waits to return to the court. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Thiem expects U.S. Open decision next week

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:59 PM

As virus cases surge again in the US, world No. 3 Dominic Thiem trusts organizers will make the right decision 'if they see any danger'

LESSON LEARNED. Dominic Thiem admits the players made 'a mistake' during the tennis charity event hosted by Novak Djokovic. File photo by Michael Dodge/EPA-EFE

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

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

School enrollment period extended to July 15 – Roque

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'Pwede ba ho ngayon palang, kapag pu-pwede na, i-enroll na natin ang ating mga anak,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

ENROLLMENT EXTENDED. Grade 6 teacher Rea Aniasco, on May 29, 2020, arranges the classroom chairs into 20 piece. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Ugly schedule': Nadal wavers over US Open, Roland Garros

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Rafael Nadal finds the tennis restart schedule unrealistic while Andy Murray fears for the players’ safety

UNDECIDED. Rafael Nadal remains unsure if he’s going to defend his crowns in the US Open and French Open. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

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

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

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

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

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

Team PH sweeps Indonesia in FIBA Esports Open with 36-point romp

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The 36-point victory is the Philippines' largest winning margin in the best-of-five series

NO MERCY. Team Pilipinas lives up to the billing as favorites by blowing out Indonesia in all 5 games of their FIBA Esports Open series. Photo from Twitter/@officialSBPinc

No mercy Team PH rules SEA Conference of FIBA Esports Open

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:41 PM

Team Pilipinas clobbers Indonesia by an average of 32 points in the first 4 games of their best-of-five series

DREAM TEAM. Team Pilipinas clinches another pair of dominant wins over Indonesia in the FIBA Esports Open. Photo from Facebook/Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

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

Mighty PH grabs 2-0 lead over Indonesia in FIBA Esports Open

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Point guard Aljon 'Shintarou' Cruzin shines the brightest as Team Pilipinas shreds Indonesia to pieces by a combined 61 points

PERFECT START. Team Pilipinas ends Day 1 of the FIBA Esports Open unbeaten in two games. Photo from Twitter/@officialSBPinc

Djokovic puts positive spin on U.S. Open plan

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Initially skeptical, Novak Djokovic says he’s 'extremely happy' with the return of tennis as tournaments will provide more jobs and opportunities

RETURN. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic eases up on his criticisms. Photo by William West/AFP

Kyrgios labels ATP chief 'potato' in U.S. Open blast

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The ever-controversial Nick Kyrgios criticizes the decision to resume the tennis season in the US

OUTSPOKEN. Like other top-ranked players, Nick Kyrgios feels uneasy returning to action amid the pandemic. File photo from AustralianOpen

Serena set for U.S. Open as officials vow safety, star power

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:48 PM

As the first Grand Slam event to be staged since the deadly virus outbreak, the US Open assures top players a safety ‘bubble’

BACK TO THE CHASE. Serena Williams resumes her bid for a record 24th Grand Slam title. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

French Open to start September 27 with fans, new-look calendar

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Unlike the US Open in New York, the French Open rejects the scenario of playing behind closed doors

BIG CHEERS. Rafael Nadal gets to defend his title in front of fans. Photo from Roland Garros

Player unease as U.S. Open to go ahead without fans

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Several top players express reservations about playing in New York, the epicenter of the US coronavirus crisis

CRITIC. World No.1 Novak Djokovic finds the US Open safety measures ‘extreme.’ Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

U.S. Open to go ahead as planned

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Pending government approval, the US Open reportedly plans to run the tournament as scheduled this August

STILL WARY. Rafael Nadal doesn’t see himself playing in the US Open just yet. Photo by William West/AFP

Team PH to compete in maiden FIBA Esports Open

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:43 PM

All Team Philippines members boast of 99 overall NBA 2K counterparts – the highest rating players can attain in the game

SQUAD. Team Philippines will be bannered by Rial 'Rial' Polog Jr, Philippe 'Izzo' Alcaraz IV, Clark 'Clark' Banzon, Custer 'Aguila' Galas, Aljon 'Shintarou' Cruzin, Rocky 'Bak' Braña, and Al 'Alt' Timajo. Photo from Facebook/Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

U.S. Open faces D-day amid player uncertainty

Jun 14, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Words of reassurance from US Open officials fail to quell the top-ranked tennis players' unease of returning to action

WARY. Rafael Nadal says tennis should only resume if it’s 'completely safe.' Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrgios blasts 'selfish' ATP for U.S. Open drive

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Australian showman Nick Kyrgios says tennis should rethink before returning to action: 'Obviously COVID, but also with the riots’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot during his Men's Doubles first round match on day five of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

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

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

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

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

Roland Garros planning for fans not empty seats

May 29, 2020 - 1:34 PM

The postponed French Open plans to return this September with fans still attending but practicing physical distancing

SUPPORT. There may still be fans cheering Rafael Nadal's bid for another French Open crown. Photo from Roland Garros

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

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

'Bakuna muna': Duterte rejects August opening of classes

May 26, 2020 - 1:37 AM

'I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit-dikit 'yang mga bata,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO PHYSICAL CLASSES. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on May 25, 2020. Malacañang photo

Europeans rally around defense pact dropped by Trump

May 22, 2020 - 10:51 PM

The US accuses Russia of blocking flights over certain sites and forbidding surveys of military exercises, normally allowed under Open Skies

US PULLOUT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump to withdraw U.S. from 'Open Skies' treaty

May 22, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Donald Trump says Moscow did not stick to its commitments under the 18-year-old Open Skies Treaty, which is designed to improve military transparency and confidence between the superpowers

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Marine One on the South Lawn upon returning to the White House in Washington, DC on May 21, 2020, following a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

SEA Games taekwondo champ Jocel Ninobla strikes online gold

May 14, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Three-time UAAP champion Jocel Ninobla tops over a hundred opponents in the inaugural online poomsae tournament

TOP FORM. Jocel Ninobla remains a winner even in the virtual world. Photo from UAAP

Encrypted messenger Telegram ends cryptocurrency project

May 13, 2020 - 6:41 PM

Telegram ends its 'Telegram Open Network' platform project, following a legal battle with US regulators

NO MORE CRYPTOCURRENCY. This illustration picture taken on April 6, 2018 in Moscow shows the Telegram messenger application displayed on the screen of a smartphone. File photo by Alexander Nemenov /AFP

French Open could be behind closed doors

May 10, 2020 - 1:28 PM

'We haven't ruled out any option,' says French tennis chief Bernard Guidicelli

ON STANDBY. Defending champion Rafael Nadal and all other tennis players await for the final season schedule. Photo from Roland Garros

Australian Open organizers admit cancellation possible

May 07, 2020 - 3:19 PM

The season-opening Grand Slam may be 8 months away but Australian Open organizers say cancellation remains on the table

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a return against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their men's singles quarter-final match on day ten of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2019. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

More than 30 firms join alliance calling for 'open' 5G systems

May 06, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The new Open RAN Policy Coalition pushes for an interoperable network using a diverse supply chain, and wants to move away from the practice of using fully integrated systems provided by a single manufacturer