BAGUIO CITY – School-related activities and holidays are enumerated in the Department of Education Calendar for school year 2017-18 which leaves 195 learning days and several days for teachers and parent conferences.
This was announced in a press conference recently at the Philippine Information Agency with Dep-Ed Director Beatriz Torno and other Dep-Ed officials.
The activities started with Brigada Eskwela just this Monday where public school facilities were checked and fixed, and the surroundings cleaned. Rabies awareness was also given attention during the brigade.
Oplan Balik Eskwela or the facilitation of enrolment in schools proceeds from May 29 to June 16 in all schools, as schools formally open on June 5 and ends on April 6, 2018.
Private schools may deviate from the calendar but with proper advisory from their respective regional offices, as to Dep-Ed order 25, 2017.
Local and national celebrations other than those indicated may be celebrated, to enhance the teaching-learning process without compromising the total number of class days. Student participation in observances, however must be regulated; the activities properly planned so as not be within two weeks of academic examinations.
In case of class cancellations due to holidays, natural and man-made calamities, make-up classes may be conducted as agreed upon by the school heads and parent-teacher associations, the order states.
General assemblies and parent-teacher conferences should be done, for information of school activities as well as pupil involvement. The Early Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA) for the mother tongue, Filipino and English skills; National Achievement Test for Grade 6 and 10 learners; National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) to assess the aptitude and interest of student; and In-Service Training (INSET) for teachers’ continuing professional development.
Kindergarten children are also administered the early childhood development checklist, a deworming between July and January while the Philippine Equivalency Placement Test (PEPT) takes place in November.
Quarter examinations takes place in August, October, January and mid-March, with moving up rites for grade 6 and 10 will be during the first week of April 2018. Remedial or summer classes are scheduled April 16 to May 25, 2018. /Julie G. Fianza