Education

School opening in Mindanao to push through on June 5

MANILA— The opening of classes in public elementary and high schools, including those in Mindanao, will push through on June 5 as scheduled, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced. In a news release issued Thursday, DepEd emphasized that schools will not be used as evacuation centers. In Marawi City, the provincial capitol and the …

University of Saskatchewan offering buyouts to deal with drop in provincial money

SASKATOON –The University of Saskatchewan is offering voluntary buyouts to its administrative staff to help cope with provincial budget cuts. An internal memo distributed to members of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association on Wednesday said the university had reached an agreement with the union to offer a “voluntary exit incentive program” to employees. The …

House OKs Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act

MANILA –The House of Representatives approved on Monday night the Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act, a measure that provides free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and state-run technical vocational institutions (TVIs). The lower chamber passed House Bill 5633 with 221 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill, none voting against and none …

Schools warned against ‘Brigada Eskwela’ donations from tobacco firms

MANILA–Health Justice Philippines on Wednesday warned public school officials against accepting donations or any kind of support from the tobacco industry. The health group issued the warning as the Department of Education’s (DepEd) annual “Brigada Eskwela” program went underway from May 15 until May 20 in time for classes that begin on June 5. HealthJustice …

DepEd vows to strengthen drug education program nationwide

MANILA–The Department of Education (DepEd) is committed on strengthening the drug education program in the country to protect the youth from the adverse effects of dangerous drugs and in support of the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), DepEd spokesperson Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, …

Nearly all of University of Saskatchewan med school grads have found residencies

SASKATOON –The University of Saskatchewan says almost all of its medical graduates have found residency positions. Dr. Preston Smith, the university’s dean of medicine, says 102 of the 107 applicants found positions, with 56 of those continuing their training in the province. There are only a certain number of residency positions available in the country …

US students score poorly on national arts and music exam

WASHINGTON –When it comes to music and visual arts, American teenagers could use some help. The National Center for Education Statistics reported Tuesday that in 2016, American eighth graders scored an average 147 in music and 149 in visual arts on a scale of 300. Some 8,800 eighth graders from public and private schools across …

Wall says court ruling on funding for Catholic schools can’t stand

REGINA –Saskatchewan will look at all the options after a court ruling said the province can’t provide Catholic schools funding for students who aren’t Catholic, says Premier Brad Wall. “This simply cannot stand,” Wall said Monday. “Consider the implications here. If this has to be implemented by June of 2018, in that subsequent fall, you …

College scholarships for deserving indigent residents of QC

MANILA–Around 300 deserving indigent high school graduates from underserved communities in Quezon City will receive college scholarships from the city government under a program rolled out by Mayor Herbert Bautista. Rod Torres, coordinator of the School Youth Development Program on Thursday said qualified students will receive a total of PHP5,500 covering tuition and allowance every …

DepEd, STI relaunch IT Mobile School

MANILA–The Department of Education (DepEd) and STI Foundation have re-launched the STI Mobile School in an effort to make education accessible to all. “There is a saying that ‘If Muhammad does not go to the mountain, then the mountain goes to Muhammad.’ And so if the child does not go to school, then the school …

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