School suicides

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 02/03/2023

Some 404 basic education students, according to Department of Education (DepEd) figures, committed suicide in academic year 2021-2022. That figure is not small, considering that 2,147 students in the same period did not succeed in doing so.…

Mental health, front and center

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 02/02/2023

I was alerted early in the morning by a concerned former teacher and long-time correspondent, Professor Mamaril, about this newspaper’s front page headlining the student mental health crisis, as reported by the Department of Education (DepEd) at…

Looc brgy chief to 2,000 Paradise fire victims: Leave school, wait for city’s temporary housing

Mary Rose Sagarino 12/26/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The over 2,000 victims of the Sitio Paradise fire have started to leave the Ceasar Cabahug Elementary School where they were temporarily staying for nearly a month or since Nov. 27. Looc Barangay…

FULL FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES: Pardo Elementary School in Cebu City needs more classrooms

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 11/02/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The start of the mandatory five-day in-person classes for students on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, highlighted the lack of classrooms in a school in Cebu City. With a population of almost 5,000 students,…

Let youth create wealth

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 10/18/2022

I used to tell my students not to aspire to get a job after finishing their studies, but to aspire to create jobs. That is, aspire not to be employees but to be employers, as entrepreneurs. Could…

DepEd to students: Directly report cases of sexual harassment, violence

Jean Mangaluz - @inquirerdotnet 09/08/2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday urged students to directly report to the department cases of sexual abuse and violence in schools through dedicated E-mail and contact numbers. “DepEd is taking all reports…

Extracurricular for mental health

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 09/08/2022

It seems that the Department of Education (DepEd) has learned all the wrong things in the pandemic. DepEd has prohibited extracurricular activities for the school year, as it aims for students to spend more time on academics…

Back-to-school blues

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 08/25/2022

In-person classes have returned—and so have all the problems we’ve had before the pandemic. Classroom shortages. Typhoon-caused class suspensions. Transportation and commuting problems due to inadequate public transportation. Teachers having to go above and beyond, reaching into…

DepEd to give teachers P5K cash aid on 1st day of classes

Beatrice Pinlac - @inquirerdotnet 08/19/2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) will be giving public school teachers P5,000 each as financial assistance to help them prepare for the school year. The funds will be given to teachers on Monday, August…

COVID-19 outbreaks unavoidable during face-to-face classes — OCTA

Jean Mangaluz - @inquirerdotnet 08/12/2022

MANILA, Philippines – With the resumption of face-to-face classes starting soon, independent COVID-19 monitor Octa Research warned that possible COVID-19 outbreaks in schools can’t be avoided. Octa fellow Dr. Guido David said that schools should have policies…

‘Revolting’: 29,000 teachers left out after PS-DBM bought pricey, outdated laptops

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 08/09/2022

MANILA, Philippines—“Sad and even revolting.” This was how the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) described the purchase of “outdated and pricey” laptops, which the Department of Education (DepEd) received from the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget…

COA flags DepEd over P2.4B purchase of pricey laptops with old processors

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 08/04/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the Department of Education’s (DepEd) purchase of pricey laptops with low-end processors in 2021, transacted through the controversial Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management…

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