Private schools to DepEd: Review ‘non-negotiable’ distance learning requirements


INDIVIDUAL SECURITY. Trainees at the Araullo High School wear face masks as security against the unique coronavirus. Submit picture by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines– Private schools on Wednesday, June 24, advised the Department of Education (DepEd) to review its “non-negotiable” requirements on range learning that, they stated, were finalized without any public assessment.

Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) handling director Joseph Noel Estrada said that the DepEd requirements “would even more marginalize having a hard time personal schools.” (READ: FAST REALITIES: DepEd’s range knowing)

Estrada said DepEd should evaluate its Department Order No. 13, which set the distance discovering list, and make it more inclusive.

“What independent schools need now is policy interventions to enable it to transition to versatile knowing modalities with ease, in an inclusive and less regulative policy environment,” he said.

“DO [Department Order] 13 is irregular with DepEd’s own learning continuity strategies. How can there be connection of discovering if DepEd itself supplies the regulative barriers for schools to continue?” asked Estrada.

Estrada said that no assessment was made prior to the order was provided.

“No public assessment, no publication before it was released. This is not an inter-agency or inter-office memo. For this magnitude of impact to schools and even learners, it behooves DepEd to follow administrative due procedure in it’s quasi-legislative function,” Estrada stated.

“I question if these are likewise ‘non-negotiable’ of public schools, and who inspects them?” he added.

In the department order, DepEd supplied the following list for independent schools on “non-negotiable” requirements for range learning:

‘Walk the talk’

Estrada said that considering the strong public pressure from moms and dads, consisting of federal government officials, to lower tuition cost and not to impose a tuition walking, “where will the private schools get the monetary wherewithal to money the ‘non-negotiable’ minimum requirements?”

On June 10, Secretary Leonor Briones stated tuition cost increases in private schools need to be authorized by DepEd’s regional directors, and ought to be “justified.” (READ: Tuition charge hike in personal schools need to be warranted– DepEd)

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Wednesday slammed DepEd for its “hypocrisy” in setting requirements for personal schools while it might not devote supplying the very same requirements for public schools.

“The requirements it demands from independent schools are the very same ones instructors and moms and dads have been requiring in the public sector, but to which DepEd has not committed,” ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio stated in a declaration

Basilio likewise stated that TV and radio-based guideline is the “most unreasonable” of all the learning techniques. He questioned the expediency of carrying out the medium while ensuring quality of education.

“The airtime needed in order to deliver discovering for each subject and each grade level is overwhelmingly big, which might remove many of the station’s airtime and will certainly cost substantial sums of cash on the part of the education organization. Then for what? What type of education will our youth receive?” Basilio said.

With roughly 2 months left before class opening on August 24, DepEd has yet to launch particular guidelines on how distance knowing will work.

Numerous have actually criticized the DepEd’s decision to open schools in the middle of a health crisis. (READ: No trainee left behind? During pandemic, education ‘only for those who can pay for’)

Parents and students mentioned that the coronavirus lockdown affected family financial resources, and numerous Filipinos don’t even have access to a computer or the internet. President Rodrigo Duterte himself doubted the country’s ability to execute distance knowing. (READ: Duterte on DepEd’s range knowing: ‘I don’t know if we’re prepared’)

Since Tuesday, June 23, DepEd stated that over 13 million public and independent schools trainees have actually registered for the opening of classes.

The initial enrolees, however, is just half of last year’s 27.7 million students.

The registration for fundamental education for this academic year is being done from another location through phone or online platforms, and will last until June 30. (READ: Remote registration in standard education will be implemented throughout pandemic) —