DepEd Lifts Moratorium on Educational Field Trips | DepEd Order No. 66 series of 2017

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has lifted the moratorium on educational field trips with the issuance of new implementing guidelines on the conduct of off-campus activities for all public and private elementary and secondary schools. Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in DepEd order no. 66 series of 2017 issued December 27, announced that the DepEd Memorandum No. 47 series of 2017 or the “Moratorium on Educational Field trips and Other Similar Activities” has been lifted upon the effectivity of guidelines on the conduct of co-curricular and extracurricular off-campus activities for both…

DepEd Strives to Enhance Reading Skills of Students | MB

DepEd Strives to Enhance Reading Skills of Students

The Department of Education (DepEd) urged teachers to continue exerting efforts that will help instill the value of learning among their pupils and students. While the National Reading Month (NRM) officially ended in November, DepEd said that continuing activities geared towards reading can still be conducted by teachers in both public and private schools. Part of the roster of activities for the NRM was the “Mystery Reader” wherein officials, directors, superintendents, and administrators were enjoined to read a children’s storybook in Filipino during the flag-raising ceremony. Undersecretary for Planning and…

DepEd Received 1.1 Million Books from USAID

DepEd Received 1.1 Million Books from USAID

USAID hands over 1.1-M books to DepEd for classroom libraries of early-grade students. To support the Philippines’ goal of improving the reading skills of one million early-grade students, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over 1.1-million supplementary books to the Department of Education (DepEd) for Kindergarten to Grade 3 (K-3) classroom libraries in Regions 1 (Ilocos) and 7 (Central Visayas). The ceremonial turnover was held at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office recently as part of the “Basa Pilipinas” (Read Philippines) — USAID’s flagship basic education…

Teach Computer Programming in Grade Schools – Sen. Pimentel

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Pimentel Urges DepEd to Teach Computer Programming to Graders Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to include teaching code, known as computer programming, in the K-12 program in grade school. “Coding is now an essential skill due to the prevalence of computers in our daily lives. It should be treated like reading, writing, and arithmetic, not just as a career option,” Pimentel said in a statement Wednesday. In the present K-12 program, ccomputer programming is offered only as a course in senior high school,…

Synchronized School Opening Ssought in 2018

Synchronized School Opening Ssought in 2018

Rizal Representative Michael John Duavit has proposed that the opening of classes in all schools in the country be synchronized beginning next year. Duavit filed House Bill 5802, proposing that the school year shall start on the second Monday of August, but not later than the second Monday of September. Citing the 2016-2017 data of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges, he noted that 34 universities and colleges had already adopted the August to May calendar in pursuance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic integration.…

Former DepEd Officials Face Graft, Malversation Charges Over P6-M Public Funds Mess

Former officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) faces graft and malversation charges before the Sandiganbayan after the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict them over the P6-million public fund mess that happened in 2007. Jesus Nieves and Marilou Tolosa, former officials of the DepEd Regional Office IX in Pagadian City, will be facing violations of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code. The Ombudsman-Mindanao’s Field Investigation Unit revealed that in August 2007, Tolosa requested the Philippine…

Extra Medical Benefits for Teachers | Teachers’ Dignity Coalition

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A teachers’s group  [ Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)] on Friday urged the government through the Department of Education (DepEd) to provide medical assistance to public school teachers to prevent them from accumulating debts. The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), a 30,000-strong group, revealed that “one of the principal factors why teachers borrow money is because the government does not have medical assistance for them despite the mandate of a law.” “Under the law, the government is responsible for maintaining teachers’ health through a compulsory, annual and free medical examination,” TDC National…

DepEd: Implementation of Makeup Classes by Schools Remain Optional

DepEd: Implementation of Makeup Classes by Schools Remain Optional

The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded that the implementation of makeup classes by schools remains optional granted that the required contact days for teaching and learning is not compromised. Education Secretary Leonor Briones noted that makeup classes is only implemented once the required number of school days have been compromised – especially when there are suspension of classes either caused by inclement weather and other disasters. “Public schools affected by the series of class suspensions are not required to hold makeup classes or add extra hours on school days if…

Teachers’ groups oppose weekend make-up classes

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Public and private school teachers from various groups are opposing the holding of make-up classes on weekends in lieu of “lost school days” due to suspension of classes in line with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings, among other disturbances. “Teachers have nothing to do with these suspensions, these could actually be considered as distortion to our class program,” said Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) National Chairperson Benjo Basas. “Thus, teachers as well as students should not be compelled to report every Saturday,” he added. Students in…

Duterte: Computers In, Textbooks Out

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President Duterte is planning on ordering the Department of Education (DepEd) to replace textbooks with electronic gadgets like tablets as he pushes for modernization and the children’s involvement in digital communications. This plan was revealed as Duterte said he wants every government transactions, especially applications, to be done online, upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City from Da Nang, Vietnam. “Sinabi ko na, online na lang (I said everything should be done online now). Passport, online. Clearances, online. Gamitin na ninyo (You should use…