The Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) will be held on June 12, 2012 in all divisions nationwide. Registration for the PEPT will be free.
Registration started last March 5, 2012 and will end this Friday, May 25, 2012. The Division Testing Coordinators are directed to submit the actual number of registrants to the National Educational Testing and Research Center (NETRC) on or before May 31, 2012.
The documentary requirements are Forms 137/138, birth certificate and two (2) 1×1 pictures.
The PEPT is administered to determine the applicant’s grade/year level placement.
See the full text of DepEd Memorandum No. 47, s. 2012 below.
The Department of Education, together with the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) Inter-Agency Task Force, will hold this year’s OBE Command Conference on May 25 to ensure the smooth opening of classes on June 4.
Government agencies and some concessionaires comprise the organization of the Inter-Agency Task Force, with DepEd serving as the lead agency. These include the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its concessionaires – Manila Water Company Inc. (MWCI) and Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI), Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine Information Agency, and Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
“We have intensified our preparations for the school opening, and the assistance provided by our partner agencies is critical to the success of the Oplan Balik Eskwela,” DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said.
DPWH is tasked to supervise the completion of classrooms being constructed and to conduct the clearing of road obstructions. DTI, on the other hand, is in-charge of monitoring the price stability of school supplies. They have also initiated a Diskwento Caravan nationwide offering school supplies at discounted prices.
To ensure that students and school personnel are given proper information on health issues, the DOH will take charge of the dissemination of health guidelines in schools. Safe and accessible public transportation shall be managed by the DOTC.
Participation of local government units is also of primary importance in the project’s implementation. The DILG will ensure the involvement of the local government and barangays in school opening preparations.
MMDA will control the flow of vehicles as well as flood control to ensure smooth and safe traffic within Metro Manila.
The PNP, Meralco, PAGASA, Maynilad, MWSS, and Manila Water Company are also part of the inter-agency effort.
PNP will take charge of crime prevention especially during the opening of classes; Manila Water and MWSS will ensure that there will be enough water supply in schools; Meralco promises no power interruption and assistance in rewiring of public schools while PAGASA guarantees constant weather updates and advanced forecasts.
As per Executive Order No. 66, series of 2012, PAGASA will also be in-charge of providing information on storm signals, which will be the basis for the suspension of classes. Depending on the storm signal, PAGASA may prescribe suspension of classes for affected grade or year levels. If there is no storm signal, suspension will be made by respective local government units.
Prior to the upcoming command conference, DepEd and the OBE partners conducted the Inter-Agency Convergence Meeting to consolidate efforts initiated by each agency for the school opening and to ensure that each measure undertaken by the convergence partners will be maintained throughout the school year. The meeting was presided by DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Lorenzo Mateo.
DepEd will formally set-up the OBE Information and Action Center (IAC) from May 28 to June 8 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan of the DepEd Central Office in Pasig to provide quick information and response to public complaints and queries regarding the opening of classes.
Oplan Balik Eskwela is the annual campaign for school opening preparation initiated by the Department of Education. OBE seeks to address problems commonly encountered during school opening and aims to ensure that students are properly enrolled and are able to attend school on the first day of classes in June.
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Starting school year 2012- 2013, the subsidy for first year students who enrolling private secondary high schools outside the National Capital Region (NCR) under the government’s Education Service Contracting (ESC) program has been increased from P5,500 to P6,500 per annum and every year thereafter. ESC grantees in other year levels in non-NCR regions will still receive P5,500.
The ESC is a major program of the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) which provides financial assistance to students for the payment of their tuition fees in private high schools because they cannot be accommodated anymore in public schools due to an excess in enrolled students. It is geared towards reducing the class size to manageable levels in high schools, especially those experiencing shortage of classrooms and teachers.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said GASTPE benefits both public and private schools while making education accessible to as many learners as possible. “To decongest public schools and make learning more conducive, we offer ESC to private schools as a way also to help increase their enrolment. We likewise offer subsidy to teachers of private high schools who participate in the program,” he added.
The management of GASTPE is contracted to the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), a perpetual trust fund created by an agreement between the Philippine government and the US government under EO 156 s. 1968 to provide assistance to private education in the country. FAPE is chaired by the DepEd Secretary.
The parents shoulder the balance in excess of the P6,500 subsidy. Because of higher tuition fees charged by private secondary schools in Metro Manila, the subsidy per students in the NCR is P10,000 per annum.
The Education Voucher System (EVS) is a version of ESC, where a voucher is issued in the name of the student- beneficiary. The payment of subsidy under the ESC is channeled directly to the school. EVS started in 2006 as a way to increase enrolment in private high schools which also need government assistance to maintain their viability and remain a government partner in the delivery of education.
DepEd is set to expand the coverage of ESC after the EVS is phased out by school year 2014-2015 or as soon as the last batch of present beneficiaries graduates.
Figures from School Year 2011-2012 show that total government subsidy under both schemes amount to over P4.2 billion.
Luistro said that to date, there are a total of 637,794 ESC grantees while EVS has 59,914 for a total of 697,708 beneficiaries enrolled in 2,580 participating schools nationwide. END
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Starting June this year, an Islamic-friendly and culturally-sensitive curriculum for Muslim learners will be implemented in the Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) even as the national government continues to allot resources to further train Muslim teachers.
The curriculum was launched recently in Lamitan City, Basilan. The event was attended by DepEd representatives and ARMM officials and the local government unit of Basilan.
There are two types of curriculum prescribed in Madrasah or Muslim educational institutions. The Enriched Curriculum for Public Elementary Schools uses the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) taught by qualified asatidz (Muslim teachers) who were trained by DepEd.
The other is the Standard Curriculum for Private Madaris (Muslim schools) which teaches subjects such as Qur’an, Seerah (Life Story of the Prophet), Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet), Aqueedah (conduct), Fiqh (jurisprudence) and Arabic language alongside Science, Math, English, Filipino and Makabayan.
Early this year, Luistro signed a memorandum of agreement with then ARMM Governor Ansarrudin Alonto-Adiong for the implementation of ALIVE curriculum in the ARMM region.
“We are glad that the Madrasah ALIVE curriculum will be finally taught in the heartland of Muslim society years after it was first successfully implemented in seven other regions including the National Capital Region where there is a sizable Muslim population,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
Luistro added that he pursued the implementation of Madrasah curriculum because he believes that education is key to peace and prosperity. It must be noted that Madrasah education is the number three priority in President Aquino’s ten-point education agenda.
For 2012, Luistro approved the allocation of P300 million to fund various initiatives to widen the implementation of Madrasah and upgrade the training of azatids (Muslim teachers).
Luistro explained that Madrasah education using the ALIVE curriculum aims to integrate Muslim students into mainstream society. “Their education should be such that they have an equal chance of being employed as their counterparts who graduated in sectarian and non-sectarian schools because they have been properly prepared.”
One of the first acts of Luistro when he assumed office was the creation of the Office of Madrasah Education. To get things started, Luistro ordered the release of P75 million for preparatory activities such as orientation and training of asatidz.
DepEd has set the qualifying exam for asatidz on ALIVE and those who qualify will undergo a 25-day pre-service training on language enhancement and pedagogy.
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More government and private corporations join the 2012 Brigada Eskwela, the annual national schools maintenance week spearheaded by the Department of Education which kicks off on Monday, May 21, in Justo Lukban Elementary School in Manila.
Brigada Eskwela enjoins the whole community to do repairs, maintenance and clean up of public schools prior to the opening of classes. This year’s Brigada is slated from May 21 to 26.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro said Brigada Eskwela aims to make the school ready for the students and teachers when classes open in June. “Equally important, it hopes to revive the “bayanihan” spirit among Filipinos by engaging the participation of education stakeholders in the community. “The benefits of education redounds to many sectors of society, this is why we encourage everyone to pitch in,” explained Luistro.
Brigada does not accept cash donation. What it solicits are cleaning / repair materials, other non-cash assistance and community volunteers who paint the classroom, repair chairs and tables, leaking roofs and faucets, cement walkways, spruce up the garden and surroundings.
Among the government and private organizations which signified their participation to the Brigada are the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Amspec, US Aid for International Development (USAID), Chamber of Mines, ABS-CBN E-Media, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Globe Telecom, Kabisig ng Kalahi, Petron Corp., Philam Life, Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Philippine National Bank, among others.
This year’s Brigada Eskwela focuses on school sanitation and on improving the schools of indigenous communities. “School hygiene should not be overlooked as well as the schools catering to IPs,” Luistro explained.
Based on DepEd Memo No. 56 series of 2012, the DepEd-wide activity will start with a motorcade from the Central Office in Pasig at 6:00 in the morning en route to the Justo Lukban Elementary School where the clean-up drive will officially kick-off with Sec. Luistro.
Simultaneous Brigada activities will be observed nationwide during the week. Other DepEd officials will also join the caravan in other areas nationwide. Undersecretary Albert Muyot will be in Alfonso Lista Elementary School in Ifugao while Usec. Yolanda Quijano will visit Ligao Central School in Ligao City, Albay.
Usec. Francisco Varela will be in Balagtas Central School in Bulacan and Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Laguda will join the activities in Magsaysay Elementary School in Samar.
Further, Asec. Armando Ruiz will be part of the maintenance efforts in Kalibo Integrated School in Aklan while Asec. Elena Ruiz will visit a school in the City of Naga.
To date, it has generated an equivalent amount of over P2.02 billion from donations in kind and man-hours spent in school repairs which would have otherwise been taken from the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of public schools.
Brigada enjoys full participation of all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
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As a requisite to upcoming reforms as well as to check on schools’ preparedness to serve the incoming batch of enrollees for the new school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) today leads an inspection of one of the country’s highly populated public schools.
DepEd officials led by Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Lorenzo Mateo undertake the agency’s pre-school opening inspection at the Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School (RMHS) in Cubao, Quezon City. Last year, the school had a total of 6,141 students in its 83 classrooms. This school year, the school is expecting its number of student enrollees to reach 6,500.
Said Mateo, “DepEd’s visit is geared towards making us appreciate first-hand the condition of schools, that is, even before classes start. Considered a representative of the country’s public school system, Ramon Magsaysay High School helps us see for ourselves what problems are needing attention.”
For his part, RMHS School Principal Dr. Romulo Rocena said, “We appreciate that DepEd management is taking concrete steps which is expected to lead to better learning environment, adequate teaching materials and competency, as well as more comprehensive curricula.”
The roundabout at the school’s premises showed a tight distribution of classrooms for the estimated 6,500 new enrollees this school year, with 50 students to share one classroom and one teacher every class time.
Rocena also shared that most teachers at RMHS are presently undergoing training to increase their competence in teaching the new curricula under DepEd’s K to 12 program.
Other areas are on tight sharing as well, like the comfort rooms. Rocena even mentions a private utility firm for helping provide their sanitation facilities, noting how the private sector can help meet the demands of public schools.
Said Mateo, “Reforms are incessant of course, but we need oculars like these to validate reported problems with the end-goal of opening up even greater opportunities for educational reforms, and potential partnerships with local governments and the private sector for specific and timely solutions.”
More needs to be done to improve the country’s educational system, added Mateo. These include meeting zero backlogs in teachers, classrooms and sanitation facilities. Nationwide, actual shortages in educational resources are as follows: 47,584 teachers; 19,579 classrooms; and 80,937 sanitation facilities or comfort rooms.
An important indicator of the government’s program to improve the country’s educational system also include meeting the government target for National Achievement Test (NAT) mean-percentage-scores of 75 percent for both elementary and high school in SY 2016-17.
According to Rocena, RMHS is looking at improving its National Achievement Test (NAT) mean-percentage-scores (MPS) for high school. The school’s NAT average scores for its high school students were registered at 44.65 % in SY 2009-2010 and 47.65% in SY 2010-2011 to improve its rank from 28th to 21st out of 46 high schools.
Rocena said that the school’s NAT score will hopefully go up every year to reach the government’s target of 75 percent for both elementary and secondary levels.
Said Mateo, “the DepEd cannot do this alone. In the coming weeks, we will be opening reform initiatives to all sectors, as the country’s educational system moves towards solving these perennial problems.”
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The Department of Education has concluded a series of training of trainers on the significant features and core elements of the K to 12 curriculum which they will echo to teachers who will teach the Grade 1 and Grade 7 (first year high school) curriculum starting school year 2012-2013.
DepEd is set to implement the Grade 1 and Grade 7 curriculum in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide when schools open this June.
The training of trainers for the implementation of the Grade 1 curriculum was handled by subject area convenors and curriculum writers as well as trainers on mother tongue-based education from DepEd regional and division offices. On the other hand, half of the trainers for the Grade 7 curriculum came from teacher education institutions, centers of excellence and centers of development in education identified by DepEd. The other half were expert trainers on each subject area from the DepEd regions.
In both trainings, the Bureaus of Elementary and Secondary Education gave the participants an orientation on the curriculum framework as well as assessment framework for elementary and secondary level.
Trained to be trainers for the Grade 1 curriculum were education programs specialists, department heads and master teachers.
Over 3,000 participants composed of 1,545 Grade 7 trainers and 1,478 elementary trainers attended the training on Filipino, English, Mathematics, Science, Health, Music, Arts and Physical Education, and Araling Panlipunan learning areas. They are expected to comprise the national core of trainers on the K to 12 curriculum.
“It is an honor to be chosen as one of the K to 12 trainers and be a part of this very significant education reform program and we look forward to the effective implementation of this program in all public schools nationwide,” said Erlinda Barcelo, division coordinator in Filipino and mother tongue-based multi-lingual education (MTB-MLE) in Cotabato City.
DepEd is currently conducting a training program for some 73,655 Grade 1 teachers and 70,227 Grade 7 teachers from public schools who will teach the initial K to 12 curriculum beginning this school year. The teachers training on Grade 1 and Grade 7 curriculum runs from May 7 to June 1, 2012.
Meanwhile, the DepEd Central Office has instructed the regional directors to accommodate teachers from private schools who signified their intention to participate in the training program on the implementation of the new curriculum.
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The Department of Health has substantially reduced the certification fee charged to the Department of Education — a requirement in securing land titles for public schools, many of which remain untitled for many years.
“We fully appreciate the move of the DOH which means that we could cover more public schools and secure more titles because of the big reduction in certification fees,” said Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro FSC.
In an Administrative Order signed by DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, the fees for the issuance of certification on site suitability of public schools had been reduced from P2,800.00 to P500.00.
One of the requirements for the issuance of the certificate pursuant to Presidential Memorandum No. 28 dated January 29,1993 includes recommendation and clearance from the regional health director and the DOH secretary himself in the case of public school sites.
A certification can be issued if the site has been used exclusively for educational activities for a long period of time, the DOH order said.
DepEd has on its list public school sites which are either untitled or unregistered. Although covered by Deeds of Donation, these properties without its own title remain vulnerable to encroachment, illegal titling and adverse claims from private as well as public entities.
Luistro explained: “It is important that we have legal ownership of school sites to protect public schools from adverse claims and ensure that classes are not disrupted.”
DepEd has earlier entered into an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to facilitate the reservation of public school sites through the issuance of special patents or presidential proclamations. A Land Management Bureau was created purposely for the task of school title processing.
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The Department of Education is conducting the 2012 Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL) Summer Training Courses for Teachers to boost their skills in teaching some of the most widely-used foreign languages.
The SPFL was initiated in school year 2009-2010 in selected public secondary schools first with Spanish, French and Japanese languages. The year after, German was added to the list and this year, the inclusion of Chinese language completed the course.
This annual program scheduled from April 12-May 22 this year is expected to further improve the capability of public school teachers on the diverse aspects of learning and teaching a second or foreign language.
“This is also in line with the thrust of K to 12 which is to prepare our future workforce for the global arena,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
The SPFL aims to develop students’ skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking and viewing as fundamental to acquiring communicative competence in a second foreign language.
DepEd has coordinated with the Japan Foundation, Goethe Institut, Alliance Francais Manila and Cebu and The Cunfucius Institute of the Angeles University Foundation for the summer training on the languages.
SPFL is implemented in public high schools whose students have demonstrated competence in English and are capable of learning another foreign language.
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This year’s Brigada Eskwela being spearheaded by the Department of Education will be marked by two firsts. It will specifically focus on school sanitation and in improving the schools of indigenous communities.
One of the major thrusts of the 2012 Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week is the improvement of toilets and wash facilities — to give emphasis on the importance of school sanitation and hygiene.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said when schools promote hygiene, they also help develop learners who are conscious of their own health and personal well being. “Our thrust in this year’s Brigada Eskwela is on school sanitation because it is also where personal hygiene is reinforced among our students which can, in turn, help develop their self-esteem,” Luistro added.
DepEd also enjoins the Brigada Eskwela participants to help improve the schools of indigenous communities. “As one of the underserved sectors, the schools catering to IPs should be a priority in the repair and cleanup activities,” Luistro explained.
Brigada Eskwela mobilizes parents, teachers, students, civic and business groups, local government units, non-government units and other community residents in repairing and sprucing up of schools two weeks before the opening of classes in June. The bayanihan spirit which the Brigada helps rekindle also encourages all sectors to be stakeholders in education.
This year’s Brigada is slated from May 21 to 26. The annual school maintenance program enjoins education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources for the repair work. The goal is to ensure that the public schools are ready to receive students when school opens.
Based on DepEd Memo No. 56 series of 2012, the DepEd-wide activity will start with a motorcade from the Central Office in Pasig at 6:00 in the morning en route to the public school where the clean-up drive will officially lick-off.
Brigada Eskwela enjoins participants to donate construction and cleaning materials or serve as volunteers. It does not accept cash donations. To date, it has generated an equivalent amount of over P2 billion from donations in kind and manhours spent in school repairs which would have otherwise been taken from the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of public schools.
Brigada is 100% participated in by all 45,000 public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
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