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Leyte teachers appeal for better internet connectivity

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Teachers in Abuyog, Leyte, climb mountains to get internet connection to submit their teaching reports, showing gaps in service delivery despite the country's modernization efforts in education.

STRUGGLE FOR INTERNET: Teachers from Libertad Elementary School climb mountains to get internet connection. Photos by Joseph Sumayang

Remember those suffering from delayed 2019 budget – Briones

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:01 PM

'The economy is hanging, you have 800,000 teachers affected, you have children, learners affected, operations of various agencies of government affected,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

STRETCHED THIN. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says agencies have stretch their resources and operation amid an impasse on the 2019 budget. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

No funds for newly hired teachers without 2019 budget – DepEd

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Education needs to hire some 80,000 teachers for the coming school year

NEW TEACHERS. The Department of Education warns that if the 2019 budget is not passed, funds for some 80,000 newly hired teachers were not included in its 2018 budget.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Filipino math, science medalists feted with Student Excellence Award

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Student Excellence Award pays tribute to young Filipinos who brought honor to the country

Students display their Student Excellence Award medals at the ceremony together with Flordelita Male of DepEd-National Capital Region, former senator Alan Peter Cayetano and MTG president Dr. Isidro Aguilar. (Photo by MTG)

DepEd to Cebu police: Arrest 'barbaric' killers of Grade 9 student

Mar 12, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Education urges schools to heighten security measures, following the gruesome killing of a 16-year-old student in Lapu-Lapu City

DepEd employees in N. Mindanao to access better health care services

Mar 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

PhilHealth's Tamang Serbisyong Kalusugang Pamilya (Tsekap) will now benefit all DepEd employees in Northern Mindanao

Cagayan de oro city mayor Oscar Moreno (center) leads the signing og Memorandum of Understanding between Philhealtg and the Department of Education in ensuring that DepEd teachers and workers can have ready access to health care services. The MoU signing wa done on March 6,2019 at the city hall of Cagayan de Oro. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

DepEd urges schools: No candidates in 2019 grad rites

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:25 PM

If candidates are invited as guests, DepEd says they must speak only on the topic and are prohibited from displaying and distributing campaign materials

NO CAMPAIGNING. The Department of Education urges schools to keep graduations free from any politicking. Photo from Shutterstock

Grade 6 students to have grad rites this 2019 – DepEd

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:43 PM

But discussions are still ongoing as to whether Grade 6 completers in the future should have a 'moving-up' ceremony instead of a graduation ceremony

DepEd, DOH to parents: Monitor kids' online activity as 'Momo challenge' goes viral

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Education officials ask parents to pay attention to online activities of their children to avoid harm that may stem from viral online content

As measles cases rise, DOH proposes 'no vaccination, no enrollment' policy

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd will review the proposal while considering the right of students to learn and access to quality basic education

VACCINATE FIRST. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declare a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DepEd to get P50-M school maintenance fund for elections

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla says the fund will be used for security and cleanup efforts during and after elections

FUNDS. The DepEd gets funds for the upkeep of schools in the May 2019 polls. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Briones hits NYC chief's proposal: Scholarships based on academics

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:20 PM

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones says part of an education is encouraging students to think critically about issues

EDUCATION SECRETARY. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones says good academic standing is the 'bottomline' when it comes to awarding scholarhsips. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH, DepEd create task force for measles outbreak response in schools

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Department of Health is targeting to vaccinate some 7 million children from kindergarten to Grade 7

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers vaccinate children below 5 years old and below after the DOH announced a measles outbreak. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA wants probe into DepEd Western Visayas' P68-M supplies purchase

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Book Craft Publishing says it has yet to receive payment for educational supplies delivered to divisions of the Department of Education's Western Visayas office in 2005

Principal's wish: Relocate flood-prone school in Albay

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Joroan Elementary School in Tiwi town is located near a farm irrigation system and a river

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Head teacher Mary Jean Cirujales, together with Joroan Elementary students, during a relief operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Early registration for school year 2019-2020 starts January 26

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Early registration – which ends on February 22 – will be open to incoming kindergarten pupils, as well as Grades 1, 7, and 11 students in both public and private schools

REGISTRATION. Students in public and private schools may register early for school year 2019-2020 from January 26 to February 22. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Briones to DepEd teachers, employees: Do not engage in politics

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It is very, very clear in the Constitution that employees belonging to the civil service like us must behave and exhibit what is described as political neutrality,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

ELECTION REMINDER. Education Secretary Leonor Briones asks teachers and employees of the department to stay neutral during the election period. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

DepEd discourages police from visiting schools

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the police and military are required to coordinate with the agency first before conducting any activity

DepEd revokes memo echoing PNP order to list ACT teachers

Jan 07, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The DepEd says it was concerned over reports of two supposed school division offices (SDO) that supported the moves of the police to profile teachers.

REVOKING A MEMO. The Department of Education revokes a memo echoing police orders to name teachers aligned with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers partylist. Background photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Teachers to PNP, DepEd: We're not terrorists

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Representatives from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers along with public school teachers from Manila question the police's moves, saying they haven't done anything wrong

PROTEST. Teachers slam moves of the PNP to list members and those aligned with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DepEd wants dialogue with DILG over alleged profiling of ACT teachers

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:37 AM

DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla says the department's central office 'was not aware' of the orders supposedly issued by the Philippine National Police

TAGGING. The DepEd says it will discuss with the DILG police orders to identify teachers affiliated with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers.  File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How Tropical Depression Usman affected schools

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Aside from damage to school infrastructure, Tropical Depression Usman also placed students' lives in danger

FLOODED SCHOOLS. Several schools in Camarines Sur and Oriental Mindoro experience flooding due to Tropical Depression Usman. File photos from Roel Paul Registrado and Twitter user @opparisyon

Ateneo student's dismissal just first step vs bullying, says DepEd

Dec 23, 2018 - 10:25 PM

(UPDATED) Bullying is 'a problem of society itself,' notes Education Secretary Leonor Briones

DepEd reminds schools of anti-bullying policies after Ateneo Junior HS incident

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Public and private schools are reminded to implement 'comprehensive, multifaceted' bullying prevention programs

DepEd says no closure order vs Lumad school

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:46 PM

DepEd says the decision to close down the Salugpongan community learning center in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, was made by the community council

CLOSED. DepEd says the Salugpongan learning center was closed by its community after a community council resolution was passed supporting its closure. Photo from Facebook profile of Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center

DepEd sets early Christmas break for students

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The order to start the Christmas break on December 15 covers public elementary and high school students, while teachers will start their break December 16. It's up to private schools if they'll implement it.

HOLIDAY. Students will go on Christmas break by December 15, 2018 as the DepEd wants them to spend more time with families. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DepEd, Stairway Foundation, and IMMAP launch #BeCyberSafe

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The project aims to inform and educate the public on how children can be safe online

What you need to know about DepEd's foreign language electives

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The education department says its Special Program in Foreign Language 'aims to enhance the ability of learners to engage in meaningful interaction in a linguistically and culturally diverse global workplace'

Korean won't replace Filipino subject, says DepEd

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:41 PM

The Department of Education clarifies that Korean is intended as an elective

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.