Haran school not accredited, says education department

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THE Department of Education (DepEd)-Davao is willing to facilitate the enrollment of the lumad children housed at the UCCP Haran in Davao City at nearby public schools should the lumad leaders allow it.

DepEd-Davao spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, in a recent press conference, said the learning system that has been placed by some recognized school teachers from Davao del Norte in Haran for lumad children is not accredited by the department.

However, this do not mean that the education provided by the volunteer teachers for lumad children are below par.

He said that the curriculum followed inside Haran are in line with the curriculum of the department, but this could not assist them in moving to higher level when enrolled to an accredited school.

“We were informed that there are classes going on inside (Haran). We are also suggesting that we could facilitate the enrollment of these children in the nearby accredited public schools. We have three public schools nearby,” Atillo said.

Over 100 lumad children are having their temporary classes at the Haran compound starting Monday as their families decided to stay amid continued threats in their communities. Their Brigada Eskwela and enrollment started last week.

“So far, kanang nahitabo dira sa Haran (What’s happening in Haran) is still tutorial in nature. But if we are given a chance, we could have employed a better solution for that,” Atillo said.

DepEd can provide Alternative Learning System (ALS) and teachers to teach children without leaving Haran, Atillo said.

He also said that they are interested on the provision of education services for the children housed at Haran.

There are two major programs on ALS that are being implemented by DepEd, one is the non-formal education which is composed of sub-programs, and second is the informal education which is composed of major programs.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 08, 2016.

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