DepEd to attend Senate inquiry into school opening readiness – Manila Bulletin
The Department of Education (DepEd) has said it is ready to participate in a Senate inquiry into its readiness to open the school this school year (SY) 2021-2022.
“Yes, we will assist with the investigation,” DepEd Undersecretary and Spokesperson Nepomuceno Malaluan told the Manila Bulletin in a Viber message on Friday, August 20.
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In a statement released Aug. 20, Senator Win Gatchalian said the Senate will have a “thorough assessment” of DepEd’s readiness for an extended remote learning scenario less than a month before the opening of SY 2021-2022.
“As you know, we have deepened our preparations at all levels for the upcoming school year,” Malaluan said. “We will be happy to update the Senate Committee on Basic Education as requested,” he added.
In response to education disruptions due to COVID-19 last year, DepEd developed its Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP). It aimed to provide guidance to DepEd on how to deliver education in times of crisis while ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all learners and DepEd staff.
For SY 2021-2022, DepEd will continue to implement the BE-LCP.
Malaluan said DepEd sees the Senate – as well as the House committee – as partners in providing educational services to Filipino learners.
“We welcome and appreciate their recommendations,” Malaluan said – noting that “some of the discussions from these hearings could also lead to legislative action.”
Senate Resolution No. 739 was tabled by Senator Gatchalian to “assess whether basic education institutions can deliver quality education for the upcoming school year, whether through face-to-face, distance education or other alternative delivery methods”. This after the Commission on Audit (COA) pointed out the shortcomings worth P8.136 billion for the implementation of the BE-LCP by DepEd.
DepEd, in an Aug. 9 statement, said the agency continues to “find ways to sustain the learning process despite the challenges and uncertainty posed by COVID-19 while maintaining health, safety and security. well-being of learners and teachers. .”
Following President Duterte’s directive, DepEd said face-to-face classes would remain “prohibited” when the 2021-2022 school year officially opens on September 13. Just like the previous school year, DepEd said it will continue to implement blended learning this school year.
As part of its preparations for opening the school, DepEd has already released the official school calendar and activities for the upcoming school year. There will be a total of 209 school days – including Saturdays and the five-day mid-year break – for this SY.
Registration for SY 2021-2022 officially began on August 16 and will continue until the first day of classes. Remote registration is implemented in high-risk areas.
Registrations for SY 2021-2022 hit 5.9 million in its first week, according to DepEd
DepEd also asked schools to lead “Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela (BE-OBE)” to inform and strengthen partnerships that complement DepEd’s efforts to ensure quality basic education amid the pandemic.
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