Home Moral guidelines DepEd revises policy guidelines on homeschooling program to take effect next school year – Manila Bulletin

DepEd revises policy guidelines on homeschooling program to take effect next school year – Manila Bulletin


The Department for Education (DepEd) has issued revised guidelines on the home schooling scheme to provide substantive guidance on its implementation from next school year.

(DepEd file photo)

Signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, DepEd Order No. 1, Series 2022 titled “Revised Home Schooling Program Policy Guidelines” also discussed the underlying principles, objectives and target learners related to this program.

Briones, in the DepEd order dated Jan. 21, said the revised policy guidelines on the homeschooling program are consistent with its mandate “to establish, maintain and support a comprehensive, integrated system of education and adequate, adapted to the needs of the people and society.”

The revised guidelines, DepEd said, were guided by the constitutional directive to “uphold the natural and primary right and duty of parents in the education of the young for civic efficacy and the development of moral character.”

DepEd said the home-schooling program is designed as one of the alternative delivery methods (ADM), which can be offered by any public or private school as “response to the needs of learners who do not may not attend school regularly due to medical conditions, family situations and difficult circumstances that require more regular parental support and supervision.

The homeschooling program, DepEd explained, also caters to learners whose parents “choose them to be educated at home on their own.”

The program, DepEd added, realizes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education with “parents taking full responsibility for the education of their children”.

DepEd explained that the homeschooling program provides families “flexibility to decide and resolve access issues for their children.”

The program also offers them the opportunity to “contribute to making the curriculum learner-centered, inclusive, developmentally appropriate, responsive and relevant, while applying constructivist, inquiry-based, reflective, collaborative and integrative.

In addition to providing substantive guidance on the implementation of the home schooling program, DepEd said the revised policy guidelines also set out program standards which include program management, curriculum, delivery modalities learning, parent/guardian as learning facilitator, learning resources, learning environment and classroom assessment to be used.

“Implementation protocols and procedures are also described to guide field implementation,” DepEd said.

Briones said the DepEd order will take effect beginning with the 2022-2023 (SY) school year.

This, DepEd said, must be registered with the National Administrative Registry (NAR) Office of the University of the Philippines (UP) Law Center in UP Diliman, Quezon City.