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DepEd investigates starfish-throwing incident in Palawan

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Education probes the incident after it confirmed that those in the viral photos are teachers

ANIMAL ABUSE. Palawan authorities are looking for the people in this photo caught playing with live starfish in a Palawan beach supposedly in late October 2018. Photo from Palawan Supernews Facebook Page

Briones says college instructors can teach Filipino in elementary, high schools

Nov 13, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones assures there will be no reduction in salaries, as provided by rules from the Civil Service Commission

REVIEW SUBJECTS. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones (middle) says the department will review how to improve teaching Filipino and Panitikan subjects in basic education. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

It's against the law! DepEd firm vs drug tests for grade schoolers

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the department doesn't automatically change policies based on the results of a survey

ILLEGAL. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants mandatory drug tests on students as young as 10, but the Department of Education says this is illegal

DepEd: No big changes to K to 12 after SC ruling

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The DepEd praises the Supreme Court's decision, saying it affirms the authority of the department and Congress in deciding how best to deliver quality education

BASIC EDUCATION. The DepEd praised the Supreme Court's decision declaring K-12 constitutional as it also recognized the power of politcal branches in deciding how best to deliver quality education. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Public school teachers, staff to get P3,000 anniversary bonus

Oct 28, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The bonus comes as the Department of Education marks its 155th anniversary on December 20

BONUS SOON. Elementary students inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima pays tribule to 'hero, idol' teacher Mylene Durante

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'If there is anyone who deserves to be called a hero and an idol, it is Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante,' says Senator Leila de Lima, who also hails from Bicol

TEACHER'S GOAL. Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante wants to inspire young people. This photo on her Facebook page is captioned, "€œI want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, '€˜Because of YOU I didn'€™t give up.'"€ Photo from Mylene Veras-Durante's Facebook page

Slain Albay teacher shielded students from attacker

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Police say public school teacher Mylene Veras-Durante shielded two students from a knife-wielding assailant

TEACHER'S GOAL. Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante wants to inspire young people. This photo on her Facebook page is captioned, "€œI want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, '€˜Because of YOU I didn'€™t give up.'"€ Photo from Mylene Veras-Durante's Facebook page

Teachers, education leaders receive Gintong Parangal Para sa Edukasyon Awards

Oct 05, 2018 - 3:47 PM

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones congratulated all the awardees and underscored their vital contributions

DepEd eyes creation of non-teaching posts to lessen teachers’ workload

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The education department has conducted a study on the 'type and magnitude' of tasks teachers perform based on the size and location of their schools

PLANS. The DepEd plans to ask the DBM to approve the creation of non-teaching posts.

Teachers complain of ‘excessive’ workload; DepEd says these are ‘legal, necessary’

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The Teachers' Dignity Coalition camps outside the DepEd head office and calls for changes in the monitoring systems and paperwork

OVERWORKED. Teachers call on the DepEd to stop its review systems and paperwork that supposedly burden teachers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DepEd: Uphold rights of students, teachers when setting makeup classes

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Responding to calls for Saturday makeup classes to be prohibited, the Department of Education says schools should balance the need for learning with the rights of students and teachers

CLASSES. Schools must ensure students and teachers rights are upheld when scheduling make up classes. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘Madrasah is not a breeding ground for extremism’

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'I studied Madrasah and I grew up in a Madrasah, but I am not a terrorist, I am not an extremist,' says Ustadz Alzad Sattar

IN PRAYER. Muslims inside the Masjid Ibnu Abbas mosque in Caloocan hold prayers in preparation for the Eid Al Adha celebration tomorrow. August 20, 2018 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DepEd reduces paperwork required of teachers

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Teachers will now only have to complete 10 forms instead of 36 previously mandated by the Department of Education

Bicol school official to pay for students' burned belongings – DepEd

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian will pay for damaged laptops, clothing, pocket wifi, cellular phones, school materials, and almost P20,000 of burned cash

BURNT. School bags and their contents are reduced to ashes on the BCA campus grounds. Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

DepEd officials school lawmakers on budget processes

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:15 PM

'The fate of the national budget, the appropriations act, is actually in the hands of the legislature which has the power of the purse.That is very very clear in the Constitution,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

BUDGET BRIEFING. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones along with Undersecretaries Alain Pascua and Annalyn Sevilla during Congress budget briefing on the 2019 proposed budget on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House, DBM agree to restore budget cuts in education, health, infra in 2019

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they are also eyeing a P140-billion supplemental budget for Bangsamoro Law and the Supreme Court ruling on the Internal Revenue Allotment

BUDGET AGREEMENT. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for a press conference on August 28, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

How the cash-based budget affects DepEd

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Education received the lion's share of funds in the proposed 2019 National Expenditure Program. What does the proposed shift to a cash-based budget system look like for the Department of Education?

Raging school official who burned students' bags should go on leave

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones says: 'Hindi naman sila binabayaran para mumurahin o para takutin yung mga bata'

INVESTIGATE. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd has launched a formal investigation into the burning of student's bags in Bicol Central Academy. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DepEd Bicol probes burning of students' bags

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Department of Education's regional office in Bicol says it is 'deeply saddened' by the incident and will look at possible sanctions

Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

Work training crucial for employers when hiring K to 12 graduates – group

Aug 19, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Business for Education also calls on more companies to offer internships to senior high school students so that employers themselves can become familiar with the students' skills

COMMITMENT. Business groups sign an agreement with the Department of Education to commit to hiring K-12 graduates and employing based competencies instead of credentials, Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DepEd to investigate COA findings on undistributed books

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The Department of Education says it will look into possible legal action regarding the 820,682 grade school learning materials found damaged inside the warehouse of private contractor Lexicon Press, Inc.

Lawmakers want probe on DepEd's Results-Based Performance Management System

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:33 PM

ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro say the system has resulted in the loss of benefits and continued rejection of decent salaries for teachers

OVERWORKED. Lawmakers say teachers are often burdened by excessive paperwork from the Department of Education's  Results-Based Performance Management System. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA hits DepEd as textbooks worth millions go to waste

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:55 PM

The Commission on Audit finds grade school books damaged by water and other textbooks left undistributed

What will be included in DepEd's K-12 review?

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

The Department of Education says its review will strengthen '21st century skills,' such as information and media literacy, communication skills, and life skills are developed across all subjects and grade levels

GRADUATE. The Department of Education reviews its K-12 program as its first batch of K-12 graduated in 2018. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

DepEd says request for additional SPED funds rejected

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:42 PM

However, ongoing and existing special education programs of the Department of Education will continue, says DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. Members of the Department of Education's executive committee present the department's budget for 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Experts warn against shortening college courses

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges president Tirso Ronquillo says the proposal may negate the K-12 program

LESS YEARS. Education officials are asked to review the possibility of reducing the number of years of college degree courses. File photo by Rappler

Expert says DepEd's ALS 'not fully effective'

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

World Bank education specialist Takiko Igarashi says the Alternative Learning System currently has low participation and passing rates

SATURDAY SCHOOL. An Alternative Learning System class is held in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

How Duterte's drug war targets the youth

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10

Parents of students given Dengvaxia can get info via mobile apps

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua says parents can download the Abizo Dengue Vaccine Monitoring System application or the RSVP Kaizala application by end-August to receive alerts from DepEd and DOH, and get information on how to respond to symptoms

MONITOR. Deped and DOH launch Dengvaxia monitoring mobile applications to keep track on health status of students who got the Dengue vaccine. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Random tests enough to prevent drug use among students – Briones

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says, the law mandates 'that is has to be random. As guardians of children, the bottom line is the welfare, the comfort, and the creation of an appropriate leaning environment for the children'

EDUCATION SECRETARY. Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones speaks at Quezon City High School during the opening of classes on Monday, June 04, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on July 10, 2018, assures that he will continue to promote ease of doing business to make the country a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.

DepEd stands its ground: No drug testing for grade schoolers

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:36 PM

In a meeting with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration, the Philippine National Police, and the Dangerous Drugs Board, the education department reiterates that its mandate is to focus on preventive drug education

MEETING. The Department of Education, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, and Dangerous Drugs Board discuss drug use among the youth in a meeting held on July 10, 2018. Photo from the Department of Education. Photos from DepEd

School buildings costing P326 million 'incomplete, defective' – COA

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Commission on Audit says some school buildings in Metro Manila, Ilocos, and Cebu cannot be used due to issues with utilities, structural defects, and non-turnover of buildings

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Parents to DepEd: Protect grade-schoolers from proposed drug test

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:30 PM

'Kung sinasabi ng DepEd na hindi [naaayon] sa batas 'yun, panindigan nila 'yun. Hindi dapat [sila pumayag] dahil doon din kami nakasandal sa mga ahensyang ito,' says Vives Moreno, mother of a 10-year-old student

PROTEST. Parent leaders belonging to Akbayan partylist group troop to the Corazon Aquino Elementary School gates in Quezon City on July 5, 2018, to protest the planned drug testing for students as young as 10 years old. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Contractor cites lack of DOH, DepEd coordination in Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:20 PM

A JBros Construction Corporation executive tells a Senate panel that a barangay health station the company built in a public elementary school in Lipa, Batangas, was demolished to give way to a gym

DEMOLISHED. JBros Construction Director Julieanne Jorge Photo said the company documented a completed health station demolished in Lipa, Batangas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang sides with DepEd: Drug tests for grade schoolers illegal

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The Palace thumbs down the PDEA-proposed drug testing, saying the law only allows drug testing in high school

HRW slams ‘drastic' plan to extend anti-drug campaign to PH elementary schools

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'Imposing mandatory drug testing on schoolchildren when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger,' says Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phelim Kine

VULNERABLE. Rights groups say the PDEA's proposal to extend mandatory drug testing to cover elementary students is too drastic and can deter students from attending school.

DepEd: Proposed drug test for 10-year-old students violates law

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Department of Education says the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act only authorizes drug tests on students of secondary and tertiary schools

DRUG TEST. The Department of Education's ongoing drug testing program is expected to be completed in school year 2018 to 2019.

DepEd records decrease in out-of-school youth

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says the decrease is observed mainly among individuals aged 16 to 24, as many of those who returned to school after dropping out went back to senior high school

BACK IN SCHOOL. Officials from the Department of Education say the implementation of Senior High School has helped to decrease the number of out of school youth. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Press release: DepEd releases results of reopened SHS Voucher Program application

Jun 14, 2018 - 9:39 AM

All applicants who completed and submitted their applications from April 3 to 27 may now check the results

PLANS. Various government agencies and companies participate in DepEd's Oplan Balik Eskwela.

IN PHOTOS: Opening of classes for 2018

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Here is a look at scenes from schools as millions of Filipino students begin school year 2018-2019

School year 2018-2019 begins at the Corazon Aquino Elemtary School on June 4, 2018. Students and teachers started off the day wth the flag ceremony, morning exercises before the students entered into their designated classrooms. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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27.7M students returning to school nationwide

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:30 AM

The Department of Education says it is 'all systems go' as an estimated 27,757,546 children from kindergarten to Grade 12 will troop back to public and private schools

BACK TO SCHOOL. Students of the Corazon Aquino Elementary School return to school on June 4, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Netizens' complaints: No chairs, broken toilets, outdated books in public schools

May 31, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Netizens highlight the ways in which an overburdened public school system affects students and teachers

Students, teachers and volunteers clean classroom and books and repaint armchair during Brigada Eskwela in Taguig National High School, Taguig as preparation for the start of school year 2018/on June 4. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

How DepEd, gov't agencies are preparing for school opening

May 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

As part of the Department of Education’s Oplan Balik Eskwela, various government agencies and private partners detailed plans and preparation for the opening of school year 2018-2019

PARTNERS. The Department of Education along with partner government agencies and private companies detail plans for Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DepEd official to file charges vs fake Palarong Pambansa page creator

May 26, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali denies shaming fat teachers after a fake Facebook page attributes a made-up remark to him

FIGHTING A FAKE PAGE. DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali will not tolerate a Facebook page that is spreading a false quote against him. File photo by Rappler

DepEd to hold 'special' Brigada Eskwela in Marawi on May 22

May 21, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the Department of Education has 'special concerns and interests' in the rebuilding of Marawi as the Islamic city marks one year since the start of the siege

RUINS. Months-long clashes between government troops and homegrown terrorists in 2017  left much of Marawi City in ruins. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

1.3% of schools still 'needing support' for coming school year – DepEd

May 21, 2018 - 2:51 PM

At the launch of Department of Education's Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018, Undersecretary Jesus Mateo says among the problems schools face include the availability of classrooms – especially in highly populated areas of Metro Manila

READY. Department of Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo (leftmost) says about 86% of schools are ready for the coming school year. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Senate OKs bill recognizing British School Manila as internat'l education institution

May 16, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The bill's approval comes two months after the Department of Education order for British School Manila to comply with requirements to legally operate in the country as an international school

BRITISH SCHOOL MANILA. The 2016 facade of British School Manila. Photo by author DTinayBSM from Wikipedia.

Cash cards for teachers in barangay, SK polls ready for release

May 14, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Department of Education director Joel Eristain praises teachers as the country's 'heroes' during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Election day at Culiat Elementary School in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler