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DepEd-CAR confirms readiness to accept over 400,000 students

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The Department of Education (DepEd)-Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) confirms that it is now ready to accept more than 400,000 learners before classes formally open nationwide on October 5.

As of September 24, more than 400,099 students have enrolled in both public and private schools. 86,230 learners are from Benguet Province; followed by 48,108 from Ifugao Province; 38,549 from Tabuk City; 37,179 from Mountain Province; 33,319 from Kalinga province; and 23,480 from Kalinga province.

“Our initiatives from crafting our Learning Continuity Operational Plan, training of teachers and school heads, [the] conduct of mental health and psychosocial activities, to preparations of materials and delivery of learning packets would have gone in vain without the support of our stakeholders from all sectors of society — the ‘binnadang’ or ‘bayanihan’ spirit is very much active in this region,” said DepEd-CAR Regional Director May B. Eclar.

DepEd-CAR also launched its own YouTube channel, “DamiKnow”, which provides a variety of video and audio learning resources.

“We open a historic year, a victorious year because in spite of all the criticisms, the screams, the curses, and the shouts, 24 million learners still want to go to school, 50 million parents want their children to go to school, and around 900,000 teachers want to stay and continue teaching learners, as well as hundreds and thousands of staff of DepEd, have pushed themselves to the limit during the past few months to come out with appropriate responses and solutions to the challenges of the pandemic,” expressed DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones.

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DepEd ready for classes opening with blended learning dry run

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The Department of Education (DepEd) says it can start with its blended learning approach when classes open on August 24.

Under blended learning, DepEd will be adopting the combined use of TV, radio, and the internet as modes of instruction while face-to-face classes will be largely prohibited. Classes are set to formally open on August 24.

According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones during a COVID-19 task force meeting, public schools in as many as 345 areas have already conducted dry runs in preparation for the formal start of the 2020 to 2021 school year.

Over 22 million students were confirmed to have enrolled nationwide in private and public schools. Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon provinces (CALABARZON) had the most number of enrollees, followed by Central Luzon and the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).

In July, DepEd said it expects the number of enrollees to go up as the enrollment of late registrants has been extended until September, provided learners passed their previous grade level by attending at least 80 percent of the prescribed number of school days and quarterly requirements.

Classes were earlier disrupted in March as community quarantines were implemented all over the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 22, President Rodrigo Duterte approved DepEd’s proposal to do limited face-to-face classes starting in January in areas that are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or have
low cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

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DepEd: 8.8 million parents prefer modular learning

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According to the Learner Enrollment and Survey Forms (LESFs) of the Department of Education (DepEd), 8.8 million parents said they preferred modular learning or the combination of printed and digital modules over face-to-face learning for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

3.9 million parents on the other hand said they preferred blended or online learning, while 1.4 million parents said they preferred education over television and 900,000 over radio.

The LESFs were distributed during the enrollment period which lasted from June to July 15, which DepEd described as an “expanded version” of its regular enrollment form. It was structured to not only get the details of learners to be registered but also for the education bureau to get information on households and determine parents’ readiness for distance learning.

“These data and information were used by every region, school division, and school in designing their respective learning continuity plan (LCP), particularly in making decisions on what learning modalities will be implemented,” said DepEd.

President Rodrigo Duterte has prohibited in-person classes until January 2021. On July 22, he approved DepEd’s proposal to do limited face-to-face classes starting in January in areas that are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or have low cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

Over 22 million students were confirmed to have enrolled nationwide in private and public schools.

Classes were earlier disrupted in March as community quarantines were implemented all over the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A blended learning approach will be applied as the school year 2020-2021 formally opens on August 24.