7 senators seek ‘immediate launch’ of limited face-to-face classes dry run »

MANILA, Philippines — Seven senators were pressing for the immediate launch of a dry run for limited face-to-face classes in order to “avert a prolonged learning loss” and put the country’s education system “back on its tracks.” Filed on Monday, Senate Resolution No. 668 “expresses the sense of the Senate to recommend the immediate launch […]

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Lawmaker decries risks of resuming in-person classes »

Resuming in-person classes in Metro Manila and other urban areas is “too risky” without an assured supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the House committee on education chair, Rep. Roman Romulo, said on Thursday. Romulo supported the decision of President Duterte to delay the resumption of classes until after the delivery of vaccines as senators urged the […]

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No luxury of time: Senators press for face-to-face classes dry run »

MANILA, Philippines — Some senators have pushed for the pilot testing of limited face-to-face classes, citing the need to gain experience and lessons for when the government finally allows resumption of physical classes in schools in the future. “We need the experience now, we need the lessons drawn now because we don’t have the luxury […]

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Out of school? Kids swimming in Pasig River ‘pretending’ to be home — senators »

MANILA, Philippines — Senators were puzzled why children are out in the streets “pretending” to be home when they are barred from attending face-to-face classes due to the pandemic. At Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate committee on basic education, panel head Senator Sherwin Gatchalian showed some photos of children swimming in Pasig River in Sta. […]

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Rare Israeli Bedouin audio archive sheds light on nomadic society »

JERUSALEM — Leading Bedouin scholar Clinton Bailey has amassed hundreds of hours of recordings about the nomadic society’s poetry, history and legal system, in a career that began while jogging through Israel’s Negev desert. Bailey’s unique Arabic audio archive is now being transcribed and digitized by Israel’s National Library, a project aimed at enriching Bedouin […]

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Robredo’s FB post on Covid-19 gets most ‘love’ reactions from May 2020 to January 2021 — study »

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo’s Facebook post featuring her report to the nation video garnered the most “heart reactions” compared to other Facebook posts in the Philippines about Covid-19 and education, according to a study released by a research firm. Based on a study by political campaign consultancy firm BluePrint.PH released Friday, Robredo’s Ulat, Mungkahi […]

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US donates 371 laptops to prop up DepEd’s ALS »

MANILA, Philippines —  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated 371 laptops worth over P16 million to the Department of Education (DepEd) as part of its commitment to support the Philippine government’s basic education learning continuity plan during the pandemic. In a statement on Monday, USAID said the laptops will support Alternative Learning […]

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DepEd renews call for school opening »

Despite the lack of classrooms, sanitary facilities and health service in public schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) again made a pitch to resume in-person classes in the country on Thursday. Education Secretary Leonor Briones herself seemed to suggest that the country should reopen schools because most learners, who have been locked down at home […]

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