DepEd eyes hiring para-teachers to aid parents in ‘new normal’ classes

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is considering hiring teaching assistants or para-teachers to help parents who are not capable of monitoring and guiding their children in the new normal set up this coming school year.

Para-teachers will facilitate lessons of students outside the classroom as well as provide administrative support to the Department. 

However, the DepEd said the plan is still under discussion with regard to its implementation and how it will be of help in the current situation of learners. 

Specifically, DepEd is looking at the number of students who need the assistance of para-teachers. 

Una po ide-determine namin kung ilang bata ang walang paggabay o hindi kayang gabayan ng kanilang mga magulang at ilan naman ang avilable na parateachers sa isang barangay,” noted DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo said. 

(We have to determine first the number of students whose parents are unable to guide them and the number of available parateachers in each barangay.)

Kung mas marami ang supply ng parateachers sa isang barangay pwede namin i-strategize kung papaano ang pagpunta sa bahay-bahay ng mga parateachers,” he added.

(If a barangay has many para-teachers available, we can strategize as to how they will be able to conduct house to house visits.)

If the plan pushes through, DepEd will hire unemployed education graduates to serve as para-teachers. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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