Lawmakers relieved over decision to postpone classes; chides DepEd on unpreparedness

Lawmakers heaved a sigh of relief over the decision of government to postpone the resumption of classes from August 24 to October 5, saying that this exposed the Department of Education’s unpreparedness in pushing for the original schedule for opening schools. House of Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO) This developed as Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on government to remove taxes imposed on computers, mobile phones and other gadgets that would be used by students and teachers in virtual and blended learning. “Removing taxes will considerably reduce the cost of these devices and gadgets, and make them affordable to poor learners and teachers,” she said. ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro said as a result of the postponement, the DepEd must now take advantage of the additional time to implement health and safety guidelines for teachers, non-teaching personnel, students and their families. On the other hand, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Jane Elago chided DepEd for refusing to accept suggestions about its original plan for class resumption, saying that the decision to move it to October 5 indicated an admission on the part of the department that it was not prepared to open on August 24. “Maaga pa lang  dapat ay naging bukas na ang DepEd sa rekomendasyon nito keysa itinanggi pa ang mga hinaharap na suliranin ng mga guro at kawani sa paghahanda para sa blended distance learning (DepEd should have been open to suggestions early instead of refusing to admit the problems facing teachers and staff in preparing for blended distance learning),” said Elago.    Castro urged DepEd to provide adequate funds for the procurement of personal protective equipment and finance the transportation expenses of teachers and non-teaching personnel as part of the preparations for the October 5 opening. “The Department of Education must use this time to comprehensively study and implement concrete plans for the safe and quality reopening of schools that will be accessible to every child,” said the teachers representative. Meanwhile, Castelo said the problem in virtual learning that is facing teachers and students may be addressed if government steps in to reduce the cost of much-needed computer and communications gadget. Earlier, Cavite Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino urged the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Information and Communications Technology to take action against the overpricing of gadgets. Tolentino, chairman of the House Committee on Accounts,  noted that as a result of the high demand for computers and communications gadgets, unscrupulous traders have made the prices of units for sale very restrictive to ordinary students and parents......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 15th, 2020

Teachers group slams DepEd s insistence on class resumption amid alleged unpreparedness

The Department of Education was put on blast by a teacher's group on Monday after it doubled down on its decision to resume classes by August 24......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020

DepEd decision to move opening of classes lauded

A leader of the House of Representatives on Sunday welcomed the decision of the Department of Education to defer the start of the academic calendar on August 24......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Senators urge DepEd to postpone August 24 opening of classes

Although records from the Department of Education showed that there are more than 23 million enrollees, senators urged for the postponement of classes set on August 24 especially in areas under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

Face-to-face classes: Children need ‘human interaction’ – DepEd

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday cited the importance of “human interaction” to children’s overall development following the government’s decision to allow limited face-to-face classes in areas deemed “low-risk” to COVID-19 infection. According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, it is important to continue classroom classes even in a limited capacity to help […] The post Face-to-face classes: Children need ‘human interaction’ – DepEd appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

Big decision on classes

  THE Department of Education (DepEd) was able to register almost 10 million school children for the coming school year in the first eight days of enrolment, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said. By the end of the registration period on June 30, the DepEd expects that 28 million will have enrolled for the 2020-21 school […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

DepEd Adheres to Duterte’s Directive of ‘No Face-To-Face Classes Until Vaccine Is Available’

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday announced the postponement of face-to-face classes in compliance to the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to open schools until vaccine is available. “We will comply with the President’s directive to postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in a press statement […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

DepEd postpones in-person classes

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday postponed in-person classes until a vaccine for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is developed, a move that effectively placed all its chips on an unprecedented distance learning plan that has been met with skepticism. “We will comply with the President’s directive to postpone face-to-face classes […] The post DepEd postpones in-person classes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

No face to face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available — DepEd

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) will postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) becomes available, Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday. This is in accordance with the President’s previous statement that he is not inclined to resume classes without a vaccine for the viral respiratory disease. “We thank the President […] The post No face to face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available — DepEd appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Postpone school year& mdash;solon

A house leader on Sunday appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) to postpone the resumption of classes this year instead of resorting to online instruction......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

Even at home, the work continues for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton

When the NBA was postponed in mid-March due to a player testing positive for COVID-19, there was immediately an air of uncertainty as to whether the world’s biggest basketball league would resume action later on in the year. Now, over a month later, that uncertainty remains there, even more so now. The playoffs should have started by now, which makes the NBA’s return even more of a question mark, especially in terms of how the league would decide to go about getting the season back on track. For now, there are definitely more questions than answers, but for most of the players and the coaches and the people involved in the league, work continues, even at home. That’s very much the case for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, who says he continues to find ways to continue to get things done, even under quarantine. When the season came to an abrupt halt, the Kings were 11th in the Western Conference, but were tied with the tenth and the ninth seeds at 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, meaning that they were very much in the running for the last spot in the post-season. With a jump straight into the playoffs being discussed as an option for the league’s return, it would mean that they would once again miss the post-season without having the chance to make one final run in the regular season. Right now however, Walton says that the focus is on the safety of everyone from this dreaded disease. “Normally, I would say that yes, it would feel like [a missed opportunity for a playoff chase]. But again, this is one of those rare circumstances in life where the safety of everyone involved is really what we’re thinking about,” Walton said in an interview with the NBA. “And if that means that were the case then hey, we continue to look forward. We continue to learn from what we did have this year and we take that information and we go full steam ahead into next season.” The Kings were set to take on the tenth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in an important battle for playoff positioning the day that the league ultimately decided to postpone the games. If the league decides to jump right into the post-season, Walton says that they’d be fully behind the decision if it means finally having the season back. “This is one of those few times where truly the most important thing is that we get past this [pandemic] together. And by together, I mean everybody. Together, we get past this. If that’s what it takes for the NBA to come to a decision, we will be behind it. Normally I would say basketball is more important than most things I’ve gone through in life, but with this the only thing that really matters is that we get through it.” Walton adds that prior to the postponement, there was an excitement within the team because of how they were playing and the position that they were in. “We were excited. Like I said, we were playing high level basketball. As far as a team embracing what it needs to do. What I mean by that is individuals understanding their roles, individuals understand-ing what we need out of them and those individuals making sacrifices for the betterment of the team. I think that’s why we were winning games at a pretty solid rate towards the end.” “As a coach, that is what you’re looking for. As you said, Alex [Len], [Kent Bazemore] coming over to add some tough-ness and physicality that we needed and the defensive level that was being played. A big part of it was having De’Aaron [Fox] get going like that and getting to the free-throw line consistently. In the last few games, I know it’s a small sample size, he was shooting around 90 percent and if you get there eight times a game, that is going to help. Buddy [Hield] was just really dominating his role for us coming off the bench. [Bogdan Bogdanovic] in the starting lineup was making nice basketball plays. We had a lot of good positive things going for us as a team and we were excited. We were looking forward to every matchup that we had, and our guys were giving us everything they had,” he added. On a personal level, Walton says that it doesn’t know if the league will indeed return to finish off the 2019-2020 season. “Honestly, I have no idea. I think everyone wants to play but I think everyone understands top priority is the safety of the fans, the media and everyone that’s involved in this. As much as everyone wants to get back to playing, no one is pressing it and we know what is most important.” For now however, Walton says that he and the players are doing the most that they can during the extended time off. He does admit however, that these past month and a half has been tough. “It’s a challenge. In staying in communication with our guys and what we’ve all come to realize is what is most important and that is the health and safety of everybody; the fans, the players, the families and as much as we want to get out there and play basketball, coach basketball, and compete and be a symbol of strength for our community during this time, we know the most important part of this is the social distancing, staying healthy, and keeping people healthy. To answer your question, there isn’t a lot that the guys can do. We sent out exercise machines, there are workouts online, there [are] option-al Zoom yoga classes. A lot of guys at this point are at home and whether that’s a basketball hoop at home or a treadmill, they are doing what they can under the circumstances.” Walton adds that he has also done some additional coaching at home by homeschooling his children, before doing his work as a coach for the Kings. “We practice social distancing and take it very seriously. My family and I are still up here in the Sacramento area and we have young kids, so the mornings are dedicated to homeschooling and going on walks around the neighborhood.” “When we get done with that, that is when I start checking in with some [players] and some of the coaches and dedicate some time to move our work forward. In the evenings, we’ll either watch some shows or I’ll turn on some of our game film from earlier this year to look at different things and keep trying to grow and learn and understand our team a little more. Then, it’s pretty much like Groundhog Day. We wake up and do the same thing the next day. We are staying busy. We know the top priority, again, is the safety for everyone. I’m trying to use this time to continue to grow and continue to understand our guys more,” he continued. Walton adds that he hopes the players also use this time to get into other things as well and not just spend their free time playing video games. “A big part of what I believe in as a coach, is player development. Especially in today’s NBA, part of that is developing off the court as well. This is a great time for some of those things, whether it is like you said, reading books, listening to podcasts. Meditation is something we encourage our players to do and get into. That’s something that we’re constantly trying to get our players to accept and do. One, because we feel like as coaches, it’s the right thing to do to help people grow. And two, we feel as if you’re helping people grow off the court as people, the quicker they’re going to mature on the court as players. Yeah, this is a time that all those things are available to do. We can’t and we won’t force anyone to do them, but it’s highly encouraged that our players are taking the time to continue to chal-lenge themselves and grow in different areas.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

NCAA postpones Season 95 senior division events indefinitely

As a precautionary measure in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the NCAA management committee decided to postpone all Season 95 sporting events starting February 14. It was a unanimous decision by the ManCom to indefinitely suspend the ongoing competitions including the second semester centerpiece sport volleyball to ensure the safety and welfare of players, officials and fans. “NCAA is temporarily suspending the games for Senior Division starting February 14, 2020 as a precautionary measure on the COVID 2019,” according to the league statement released Thursday. Resumption of games shall be announced in a later date. “We shall advise you of the schedule as soon as it becomes available and in compliance with relevant DOH, DepEd, CHED and LGU advisories and guidelines,” the statement continued. “While we are mindful of the importance of holding the games, the health of the students is our top priority.” NCAA already suspended all juniors division events a week ago.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Save the Children launches fund-raising drive Sunday

Believing that education will empower children, especially those who are in need, to look forward to a better future, a child rights group will launch “eSave Natin ang Pasko,” an online fund-raising campaign to support their learning needs Sunday. “This online fundraising campaign encourages everyone to unite in saving the Christmas spirit through a series of joyous and meaningful activities to provide joy and hope to children,” the group said. “Even if classes are conducted through distance learning or will resume via face-to-face, millions of children will still need our support as they continue to be deprived of their right to education since their families do not have the means to support their learning needs,” said SCP Chief Executive Officer Atty. Alberto Muyot. Muyot, a former Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary, said that education empowers children, especially those in dire situations. “Supporting their learning needs will save their lives and their future,” he added. When classes formally opened last Oct. 5 amid the COVID-19 situation in the country, SCP said that millions of students, especially in public schools, have been experiencing major challenges such as the lack of access to learning materials and Internet connection. To help the students who struggle to learn from home, SCP said that the proceeds of the Christmas fundraising campaign will support the learning needs of children in poor households in Metro Manila, typhoon-stricken places in Eastern Visayas, and the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. “It will also support children with disabilities, those from indigenous communities and from hard to reach areas,” SCP added. SCP said that e-Save Natin ang Pasko also promotes the importance of a nurturing home through the “Mapagkalingang Tahanan” advocacy where every member of the family, especially children, receives the support they need so they learn, survive, and are protected. The “Mapagkalingang Tahanan” emphasizes the critical role of parents, guardians, and caregivers in the continued learning of children and aims to provide them the knowledge and skills to facilitate their children’s learning......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Much work still to be done

No sooner had Education Secretary Leonor Briones declared the opening of classes for school year 2020-2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic was “very successful” than netizens went to town and pointed to errors in the self-learning modules (SLMs) DepEd had produced......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

DepEd to issue errata for learning modules

The Department of Education will address errors found in the self-learning modules it had produced and printed in a rush to roll out distance learning for school year 2020-2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic that prohibited face-to-face classes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

DepEd-4A assures teachers safety in opening of classes

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Oct 12 (PIA) -- Ensuring the teachers' safety as they fulfill their duties is top priority for the Department of Education - CALABARZON (DepEd 4A).During the Handa sa P.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

DepEd Mandaue cites parents’, students’ learning woes on 1st week of classes

MANDAUE CITY, Philipppines — Teachers under the Department of Education in Mandaue  or DepEd Mandaue are ready to help parents to understand the learning modules, so that they can also help their student-children understand the modules. Dr. Nimfa Bongo, DepEd Mandaue superintendent, gave this assurance after she received reports from teachers about some parents, who wanted […] The post DepEd Mandaue cites parents’, students’ learning woes on 1st week of classes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

DepEd chief hits fake photos of teachers’ woes

Education Secretary Leonor Briones has assailed the use of fake photos to highlight problems during the opening of classes, apparently referring to images of teachers who dramatized their concerns with distance learning by climbing atop the roof of their school in Batangas last Oct. 5......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

DepEd chief: School opening woes immediately resolved

While connectivity is a continuing challenge faced by students and teachers during the opening of classes, problems that were reported were minimal and were immediately resolved, according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

DepEd claims victory over COVID as classes start

DepEd claims victory over COVID as classes start.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Close to 2M students enrolled in CV public schools, set to start ‘classes from home’ on Oct. 5

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Close to two million students, who are enrolled in public schools in Central Visayas, are expected to go back to their classes tomorrow, Monday (October 5) as the first day for the school year 2020 to 2021 will begin. The Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd-7) reported that due to […] The post Close to 2M students enrolled in CV public schools, set to start ‘classes from home’ on Oct. 5 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020