Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DepEd-ARMM opens batch 2 of PAHRODF scholarship

Batch 1 scholars and their supervisors posing with DepEd Undersecretary Dr Dina Ocampo
during a pre-departure activity in Cebu early this year.
(Photo courtesy of Aquil Sarip Andog)
Cotabato City - Regional Secretary Atty Jamar M Kulayan signed today a memorandum opening the application for 2nd batch of the PAHRODF scholarship program for Maguindanao I and II, Basilan, Lamitan and Sulu. First batch came from Lanao Sur and Tawi-Tawi.

Priority programs of study includes Early Childhood Education, Senior High Education or Technical-Vocation Education, Applied Linguistics (Linguistics for Education), Education Assessment, School Leadership and, Curriculum Design and Development.

Applicants should be permanent teacher for at least two (2) years; with undergraduate degree or experience in the target program; undergo and pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); meet the minimum criteria for admission to Australian university; undergo and pass the required medical examinations; able to complete the rigors of two-year master’s degree program in the Philippines/Australia.; and preference is given to those who have not earned their master’s degree.

To know more about Australian Awards, please follow this link - http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/pages/studyin.aspx

To know more about PAHRODF, please follow this link - http://www.pahrodf.org.ph/

Applicants are advised to email their Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae (NOT Personal Data Sheet or PDS) to [email protected] and [email protected].

Deadline is May 30, 2014.

Brigada Eskwela 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

DepEd issues guides for private schools wishing to offer senior high school

PASIG CITY -- Private high schools and other non-Department of Education (DepEd) schools that wish to offer senior high school (SHS) under the K to 12 Basic Education Program may refer to the guidelines sent out recently by DepEd.

The guidelines are for the national implementation of the senior high school program in non-DepEd schools starting school year 2016-2017 and onwards under Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. SHS (grades 11 and 12) allows students to choose among four tracks – Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts & Design – which are designed to help learners prepare for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship.
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said the release of the guidelines is pursuant to Section 30 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10533.“We are sending out these guidelines to help interested private institutions that wish to be a part of this innovative thrust to upgrade Philippine basic education,” he added.

DepEd Memo No. 4 series of 2014 has identified 3 categories for institutions which may wish to offer senior high school.
  • Category A pertains to private schools recognized by DepEd to offer secondary education (Year I- IV) and private schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP). 
  • Category B refers to non-DepEd schools that have been issued permits by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to offer any training courses or by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to offer any higher education program. This category also includes schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the FAAP. Also under this category are other non-DepEd schools which have been granted at least Bronze accreditation status by the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission.
  • Category C includes other individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Application to offer SHS will only be accepted by email at [email protected] addressed to the DepEd Secretary, copy furnished the following DepEd-ARMM emails: [email protected], asecsaada2gmail.com, [email protected], [email protected] 

More information can be obtained from the K to 12 Secretariat at telephone numbers 631-5057 and 638-3703 or email at [email protected].

Saturday, April 5, 2014

BRAC Learning Centers issued DepEd Recognition

The BRAC ADM Learning Centers under the AusAID-funded DepEd-ARMM's Basic Education Assistance in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) is granted recognition by the DepEd Central following review and recognition by DepEd-ARMM. The DepEd Order 19, s. 2014, was issued yesterday April 4, 2014 and signed by Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC. Henceforth, all their Learning Centers and enrollees will now be included in the DepEd's official count through the Enhanced Basic Education Information System (EBEIS) and Learners Information System (LIS).

These Learning Centers are alternative model in the delivery of formal education, and are operated in "gap" areas, or where public schools are absent or hard to reach.

Regional Secretary Atty Jamar M. Kulayan said, this recognition showcases an ARMM good practice or a viable model for improving access to education. As ARMM residents, this makes us really proud!

The number of researches currently undertaken around the BRAC Learning Center model will further validate the its relevance, sustainability, quality and applicability in the Philippine setting, added Assistant Regional Secretary for Programs Noor Saada.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DepEd-ARMM revitalizes SPED Program

Throughout ARMM, there are only two (2) functional facilities on special education - SPED Center in Jolo and SPED Classes in Bongao. To make sure these critical and specialized program is available throughout ARMM, Regional Secretary Atty. Jamar M. Kulayan signed Regional Order 29, series 2014, revitalizing the Special Program in the ARMM.

While the long-term and eventual focus is integration and mainstreaming, key activities shall be undertaken toward this goal including profiling and mapping of differently-abled school-aged children, establishment of SPED centers, identification and training of qualified teachers and trainers, provision of support system, regular monitoring and evaluation, close coordination with DepEd Central and other stakeholders, and undertake resourcing to sustain and expand program if needed.

Following this order, the existing facilities in Jolo and Bongao will be expanded, while new SPED centers will be constructed in Marawi (to service the city and Lanao Sur province), Lamitan (to service the city and Basilan province) and Maguindanao II (to service Maguindanao province).

Target implementing divisions are directed to undertake site identification, coordination with local DSWD office for initial listing and prospective teachers for specialized training.

According to Secretary Kulayan, DepEd-ARMM have both the legal mandate and moral obligation and echoing late President Magsaysay's timeless line, "those who have less in life should have more in law".

Senior High track choice survey for incoming Grade 9 students

Regional Secretary Atty Jamar M Kulayan signed Regional Memorandum Number 103, s. 2014, to undertake and determine track choices of would be senior high students from public schools in the ARMM.

By June 2016, entry into senior high school shall be mandatory to all junior high school or grade 10 graduates.

There are currently five (5) major tracks in senior high schools: (1) academic, (2) technology-vocational-livelihood, (3) sports, (4) arts and design and (5) proposed senior Arabic or Mutawassit.

Among the academic tracks students can choose from are: (1) Accounting, Business and Management (ABM); (2) Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSS); (3) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); (4) General Academic, for those still undecided.

Among the technology-vocational-livelihood tracks students can choose from are: (1) Industrial Arts (Automotive, Carpentry, Plumbing, Masonry, Etc); (2) Home Economics (Beauty Care, Dressmaking, Commercial Cooking, Etc); (3) Agriculture (Crop Production, Animal Production, Horticulture, Etc); (4) Fisheries (Fish Processing, Aquaculture, Etc.); and (5) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – Hardware Servicing, Desktop Publishing, Webpage Design, Etc.

National high schools are expected to submit compliance or or before June 23. 2014. Please get your copy of the memo and the attached standard survey form from your respective division office.

The survey form to be accomplished by every incoming Grade 9 student and to be complied by National High Schools is reflected below:

"Moral Governance"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful BARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju BARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa BARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa BARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"


"Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)"