Education

Mismatch in curricular programs in some ASEAN schools bared

MANILA — A University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) Filipino student, elected as the first President of the newly formed Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) University of Student Council, is calling for education leaders in the region to resolve the issue on mismatch of some curricular programs in various colleges and universities in its …

House pushes career guidance, counseling for high school students

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on final reading a measure seeking to establish a career guidance and counseling program in all secondary schools nationwide to provide proper direction to students in pursuing tertiary education and making educated career decisions. With 223 affirmative votes, the lower chamber unanimously approved House Bill 5576, also …

Karla Homolka will no longer volunteer at Montreal elementary school

MONTREAL—A private Montreal elementary school is moving to quell public fears following media reports about Karla Homolka doing some volunteer work there. The school, which is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, says it won’t allow anyone with a criminal record to volunteer in any capacity on school grounds. The church issued a brief statement …

Preschool found benefiting middle-class kids in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 31 — A nationwide study released Tuesday indicates that academic-oriented preschools boost the early literacy and math skills of children from middle-class families in the United States. Educators and scholars in the country have long agreed that quality preschool yields sustained benefits for poor children, while earlier studies revealed disappointing results from …

Free tuition in state colleges a signature away from becoming law

MANILA— Free higher education for state universities and colleges (SUCs) is only a signature away from becoming a law, Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said Monday. Aquino made this statement after the bill which seeks to provide free tuition to SUCs or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act passed the bicameral process which …

School officials call assembly after grad party with ‘cowboys and Indians’ theme

LETHBRIDGE. – An Alberta high school graduation party with a “cowboys and Indians” theme prompted administrators to call an assembly to discuss racism. Images of students from Chinook High School in Lethbridge appeared on social media and showed attendees at the privately-held party wearing headdresses, war paint and feathers. A statement from Lethbridge School District …

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 …