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  1. MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker on Sunday said English was not being taught effectively in elementary and high schools in the country, leading to the dismal performance of Filipino students in global reading, math, and science assessments. In a statement during the International Day of Education, Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas said we have to go […]

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  2. MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is calling on the government to end the online sexual exploitation of young students amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. In the CHR’s message for the International Day of Education on Sunday, January 24, the commission expressed alarm over reports that some students have engaged in […]

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  3. MANILA, Philippines — A child rights advocacy group has lauded the enactment of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Act, which they said is a step towards achieving inclusivity of education, especially for vulnerable sectors and amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Save the Children Philippines said Thursday that Republic Act No. 11510 if implemented properly would provide […]

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  4. MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday urged schools to ensure the protection of all children from all forms of violence, including sexual abuse, amid reports that some students have been selling lewd photos and videos online to support their distance education. In a statement, DepEd expressed alarm by the rise of […]

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  5. MANILA, Philippines — The chair of the Senate basic education panel on Sunday pressed authorities to crack down on online child pornography as he cited reports on the proliferation of minors selling sexually explicit images or videos of themselves on social media. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian also urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to boost its […]

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  6. MANILA, Philippines — Public school teachers will get a P1,500 increase in their teaching and connectivity allowance this year, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Wednesday. Under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2021 signed by President Duterte on Tuesday, teachers would receive P5,000 instead of P3,500 to help them as they conduct online […]

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  7. MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to cancel the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in light of the new COVID variant. “Mabuti na rin nagpasya ang ating Pangulo na wag munang buksan ang ating mga eskwelahan, huwag muna magkaroon ng face-to-face classes dahil kapag pumasok itong bagong virus […]

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  8. MANILA, Philippines — The top official of a private schools association has welcomed the Department of Education’s (DepEd) cancellation of in-person classes in January, saying it was “the government’s best New Year’s gift” to students both in public and private schools. Eleazardo Kasilag, president of Federation of Associations of Private School Administrators (Fapsa), said the […]

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  9. MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has vowed to address the challenges of distance learning modalities as it transitions to limited in-person classes, following an independent survey concluding that “the majority of students are receptive to blended learning” during the pandemic. In a statement on Wednesday, the DepEd said it acknowledged the noncommissioned […]

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  10. MANILA, Philippines — Two unexpected developments nearly made it impossible for Angelo Villamar, a second-year business administration student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila, to finish his studies. In May, his father lost his job as a tricycle driver due to the pandemic. Two months later, he passed away. “After that, I […]

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