"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Friday, June 1, 2012

DepEd K +12 in the News, Information or Misinformation


Here is a collection of recent news items from the Philippines:

On multiple shifts in schools:



No More Triple Shifts — Luistro

By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT
May 29, 2012, 6:47pm

"The DepEd chief added: "Ang magandang balita ay sa taong ito, mawawala na ang triple shifts. Sa mga pinaka-congested na paaralan, ang worst condition na ang double shift." In the triple shifting, classes start at 6 to 11am; 11am to 4pm; and 4pm to 9pm while in the double shift, classes start from 7am to 11am and 1pm to 6pm."

Ilang paaralan, 3 ang shift ng klase para matugunan ang kakulangan ng classroom

Date posted: Jun 1, 2012 12:28pm
ReporterCesar Apolinario



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On Learning Materials:

DepEd: No shortage of learning material

Published : Thursday, May 31, 2012 00:00  Written by : 


“We [will] have 1.8 million learning materials and activity sheets for our kindergarten [schools] by June,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.

He added that the student-textbook ratio in five core subjects—English, Filipino, History, Mathematics and Science—is now 1:1.

K-12 hits snag among local governments

Thursday, May 31, 2012
"GOVERNOR Alfredo MaraƱon Jr. said the implementation of the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) elicited several complaints from the local government units in the province.
The complaints, he said, is due to the lack of preparation to implement the program that would add kindergarten to the standardized curriculum and one year to the high school level....
....burdens the fourth and fifth-class municipalities because they receive smaller internal revenue allocations (IRA).
The K-12 program, based on the complaints, will worsen the present state of public schools that have been hounded with lack of classrooms, chairs, teachers and textbooks."

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On Kindergarten:

125,447 kindergarten enrollees concern DepEd

Friday, June 1, 2012

"On Monday, DepEd projects that 125,447 kindergarten learners will troop to elementary schools, with 33,682 of them in Biliran; 30,271 in Leyte; 6,192 in Southern Leyte; 9,195 in Eastern Samar; 16,190 in Northern Samar; 16,732 in Samar; 5,209 in Calbayog City; 4,412 in Ormoc City; 2,525 in Tacloban City; and 1,399 in Maasin City.

The region also needs thousands of specially trained teachers to educate five-year-old learners in the region. The 2012 budget only allows the DepEd to hire 207 kindergarten teachers for the 2012-2013 academic year."

Note: The ratio 125,447 : 207 is 606 pupils : 1 teacher

Supplies for kinder kids enough, student-books ratio at 1:1 - DepEd


"“We have 1.8 million learning materials and activity sheets for our kindergarten ready by the month of June,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.""
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On Teacher Preparation:

DepEd readies teachers for K to 12 curriculum

By Jorie C. Valcorza
Wednesday 23rd of May 2012
" All teachers who will receive the first batch of Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) students this June, are undergoing necessary preparations for the new curriculum. 

The Department of Education (DepEd) is now holding massive trainings this summer, specifically for Grade I and Grade VII teachers. "

Rushed trainings, lack of materials mar implementation of K to 12

PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2012

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL and PARTICIA LOURDES VIRAY

"....He called the training half-baked. “We have a thick training module, about 300 pages, that we have to study. During our training, we were up until midnight just to study the module. That is not good because we were cramming. We were forcing ourselves to learn something that takes time to learn,” he said.
Not only that, Castro added, teaching guidelines and learning modules have not yet been distributed to teachers. “Supposedly teaching guidelines and learning modules are given to teachers while they are on training. But, according to the teachers who underwent the training, some of them have yet to receive the said materials....”"
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K+12 ng DepEd ‘di napapanahon– simbahan

by Kyle Gatus

HINDI pa napapanahon ang pagpapatupad ng “K to 12″ Program ng Department of Education (DepEd) ngayong darating na pasukan, ayon kina Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, at Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon.
Sinabi ni Cruz, ang karagdagang dalawang taon sa pag-aaral ay malaking sagabal sa mga mamamayan na nakararanas ng labis na kahirapan.
Nangangamba si Cruz na dahil sa naturang programa ay lalo lamang darami ang bilang ng mga “out-of-school youth” at marami rin aniyang mahihirap na kabataan ang mawawalan ng oportunidad na magkaroon ng edukasyon.
Para kay Gutierrez ang “K to 12″ Program ay dagdag na pasanin lamang sa mga mahihirap na magulang na naghahangad na mabigyan ng edukasyon ang mga anak na syang magpapaangat ng kanilang buhay.
Hindi akma ani Cenzon ang programa ng DepEd dahil mawawala ang oportunidad ng mga mahihirap na estudyante na makapag-aral at makapagtapos ng kurso sa kolehiyo.
Aniya, hindi kayang pag-aralin ng mga magulang ang kanilang mga anak bunsod ng mataas na matrikula, gastusin sa pamasahe at gastos sa baon dahil kakarampot lamang ang sahod.
Kaugnay naman ng pagbubukas ng klase sa susunod na linggo, hinimok ni Cruz ang mga awtoridad na tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng mga kabataan sa darating na pasukan.
Ani Cruz, laganap ang kriminalidad sa bansa dahil sa kahirapan kaya dapat paigtingin ang police visibility sa mga paaralan.
Umaapela rin si Cruz sa lahat ng namamahala ng mga paaralan sa bansa na pag-ingatan ang pagdagsa ng mga pagkaing paninda sa labas ng mga eskwelahan para matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga mag-aaral.

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