Amidst complaints, Briones defends lesson planning as “core skill of teachers”

MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Leonor Briones defended the importance of lesson planning saying that it’s a “core skills of teachers.”

The Department of Education has been under fire by teachers’ group due to the implementation of DepEd Order No. 42, s. 2016, or the Policy Guidelines on Daily Lesson Preparation for the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

Briones defends lesson planning as “core skill of teachers”
Education secretary Leonor Briones defends DepEd’s policies as “legal and necessary | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Leonor Briones

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) called out DepEd for their policies that have caused “excessive workload” to teachers. Among their complaints include the implementation of Results-Based Performance Management System (RPMS), classroom observation of teachers, long working hours and implementation of the Daily Lesson Log (DLL).

But the education secretary defended it's policies, reiterating the importance of preparedness and effectiveness. Briones said, “Lesson planning is a core skill that should have already been developed during any professional teacher’s pre-service training/undergraduate preparation.”

DepEd explained, that the use of Daily Lesson Log (DLL) will enable teachers to uphold quality education standards will even help them plan their lessons efficiently.

DepEd also clarified that they have allowed “flexibility” in terms of completing the DLL. They explained, “DLLs are used by teachers with at least one year teaching experience, including teachers with prior experience in private schools or higher education institutions.”

Only those with less than 1 year of experience are required to make “detailed lesson plans.”

The education secretary appealed to the teachers as she stood firm that their agency does not exist to make them suffer. “All these problems are not created by DepEd alone,” Briones said.

DepEd stated that as of now, they cannot “arbitrarily order” the suspension of their programs.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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