DepEd employs Learning Support Aides (LSA) – Press release from the education department.
DepEd employs Learning Support Aides
October 22, 2020 — “The implementation of the BE-LCP demands for a holistic approach and a stronger partnership among schools, households, and communities. As such, the need for additional human resource at the school level becomes imperative,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said, just days after the official opening of classes for school year (SY) 2020-2021 as DepEd operationalizes the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan in the time of COVID-19 (BE-LCP).
The BE-LCP requires the complementary and broader roles of parents, guardians and other household partners, and members of the community to support the learning process of the students at home, hence, the need for additional manpower in schools. It is for this reason that DepEd shall be engaging the services of Learning Support Aides.
Learning Support Aides (LSAs) are qualified individuals who will work together in collaboration with teachers and contribute to the provision of learning opportunities that promote achievement and progression of learners.
“As education must continue amidst pandemic, our teachers tackle the additional tasks, challenges, new expectations in the new normal, thus, the need for the learning support aides is crucial”, Secretary Briones added. Their services at the school level will provide support addressing the need of students who cannot manage independent learning, including those with disabilities and special needs; those who do not have a household member or any responsible adult available to provide instructional support and facilitate distance learning delivery modalities; and households with parents and guardians with full-time jobs who may not be able to monitor and guide the child’s learning at home.
The LSAs main duties in collaboration with teachers are: 1) guide learners and households on the chosen learning delivery modalities, 2) render assistance to the teacher in the lesson preparation and delivery, and 3) monitor and track learners’ progress and achievement. LSAs shall report directly to the teacher whom he/she is assisting. This means that the teacher is still the main responsible school personnel in-charge of the teaching-learning process.
“Teachers remain to be the main facilitators of learning. The engagement of LSAs is DepEd’s way of ensuring provision of assistance to our teachers in managing learners and in coordination with teachers ensure that learning is taking in different learning modalities” said DepEd Undersecretary for Planning, Human Resource and Organizational Development Jesus L.R. Mateo.
Learning Support Aides shall be engaged under Contract of Service or Job Order, subject to Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Audit (COA), and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Joint Circular No. 1, s. 2017 (Rules and Regulations Governing Contract of Service and Job Order Workers in the Government), as amended by Joint Circular No. 1, s. 2018, and other applicable policies, issuances, rules and regulations. They shall receive remuneration or compensation for services rendered and the amount of which shall not be below the minimum daily wage rates set by the National Wages Productivity Commission per region.
All School Division Offices (SDOs) with identified need to hire LSAs are instructed to offer the position to the existing teacher applicants for SY 2020-2021 who were not given permanent or provisional appointments due to lack of available permanent teaching items.
Other qualified individuals who may apply as LSAs include LET passers in the locality; private school teachers, especially those who were displaced and have lost their livelihood due to the pandemic; and provisional teachers whose contracts were not renewed.
“The hiring of LSAs is another employment opportunity that can boost local community livelihood in this time of pandemic”, Usec Mateo added.
The engagement of Learning Support Aides in all public elementary and secondary schools including senior high schools, in school year (SY) 2020-2021 is guided by DepEd Order No. 32, s. 2020 or the Guidelines on the Engagement of Services of Learning Support Aides to Reinforce the Implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) in Time of COVID-19 Pandemic.
Department of Education (DepEd) has also issued DO No. 32, S. 2020 titled “GUIDELINES ON THE ENGAGEMENT OF SERVICES OF LEARNING SUPPORT AIDES TO REINFORCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BASIC EDUCATION LEARNING CONTINUITY PLAN IN TIME OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC”
C.Application and Selection Process
13.SDOs with identified need to engage Learning Support Aides shall contact, coordinate with, and offer the position to the existing teacher applicants in SY 2020-2021, in order of priority:
a.Remaining teacher applicants in the Registry of Qualified Applicants (RQA) in SY 2020-2021 who are not given permanent or provisional appointments due to lack of available plantilla items; and
b.Teacher applicants in SY 2020-2021 who did not meet the cut-off score per existing DepEd hiring guidelines.
14.Should there still be available positions for Learning Support Aides after considering the existing teacher applicants enumerated above, the SDOs may consider other applicants such as other LET passers in the locality, private school teachers especially those who were displaced or who became unemployed, underemployed or who have lost their livelihood as a result of the pandemic, among others. The SDO shall issue a Memorandum or Call of Application duly signed by the SDS stipulating the following:
b.Name of School/s with Vacancy
c.Nature of Engagement and Corresponding Remunerations/Salary
f.Documentary Requirements and Deadline of Submission of Application Documents
g.Timeline of Selection Activities
15.Applicants for Learning Support Aide must meet the following minimum qualifications:
a.Education: At least Senior High School Graduate; or at least two (2) years college
b.Training: None required
c.Experience: None required
d.Eligibility: None required
e.Age: At least 21 years old but not more than 59 years old
f.Preferably resident of the community/barangay where the school is located
g.Other preferred qualifications as may be determined by the SDO and/or school with vacancy relative to the specific considerations of specific school/s concerned
16.Applicants for Learning Support Aide shall submit the following documentary requirements:
a.Letter of intent addressed to the SDS, or to the highest human resource officer designated by the SDS;
b.Duly accomplished PDS (CS Form No. 212, Revised 2017);
c.Certified copy of the Voter’s ID and/or any proof of residency as deemed acceptable;
d.NBI or Barangay Clearance;
e.Other documents as may be required such as but not limited to the following:
i.Photocopy of Certificate of LET Eligibility/Rating/License/ID, if there is any;
ii.Photocopy of scholastic/academic record, such as but not limited to Transcript of Records (TOR) and True Copy of Grades;
iii.Photocopy of Service Record or Certificate of Employment, if there is any;
iv.Photocopy of Certificates of Training, if there is any;
v.Photocopy of the latest Performance Rating, if there is any; and
f.Omnibus certification of authenticity and veracity of all documents submitted, signed by the applicant.
17. The applicant assumes full responsibility and accountability on the validity and authenticity of the documents submitted, as evidenced by the certification signed by the applicant (Item 16.f). Any violation will automatically disqualify the applicant from the selection process.
Read the full DepEd Order – Download: DepEd Order No. 32, S. 2020
Source: DepEd Philippines Facebook Page
DepEd employs Learning Support Aides (LSA)
Similar press release was also posted on DepEd’s official website. Read the full text below:
October 2, 2020 – To augment ongoing learning continuity efforts, the Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing to hire Learning Support Aides (LSAs) to assist teachers and parents in the delivery of basic education services in the distance learning set-up.
According to Undersecretary for Planning and Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development Jesus Mateo, Learning Support Aides (LSAs) refer to individuals who qualify in assisting teachers to provide learning opportunities using various learning delivery modalities in promoting achievement and progression of learners.
“Layunin po ng LSA na ito ay unang-una, para matulungan ang ating mga guro, pangalawa, matutulungan yung ating mga leaners at magulang, bukod po para sa walang kakayahang magturo sa mga mag-aaral,” Undersecretary Mateo said during the Handang Isip, Handa Bukas press briefing on Monday.
“Gusto ko lang din i-emphasize kasi na kailangan talaga sa division level ma-profile mga learners at kanilang mga magulang para malaman ang pangagailangan para sa LSA. Tututukan natin ang mga learners na medyo nahihirapan naman o di kaya walang kakayanan ang pamilya na gabayan ang mga anak sa kanilang pag aaral,” Usec. Mateo added.
School Division Offices (SDOs) with identified need to hire LSAs are instructed to offer the position to the existing teacher applicants for SY 2020-2021 who were not given permanent or provisional appointments due to lack of available permanent teaching items.
Other qualified individuals who may apply as LSAs, according to Usec. Mateo, include LET passers in the locality; private school teachers, especially those who were displaced and have lost their livelihood due to the pandemic; and provisional teachers whose contracts were not renewed.
Usec. Mateo also highlighted that aspiring LSAs must be a Senior High School graduate or must be in college level for at least 2 years. He noted further that experience, training, and eligibility are not required for the post unless they would apply for a permanent teaching position.
Moreover, LSA engagement will be credited as relevant teaching experience in DepEd. Remaining teachers, who served as LSAs in the Registry of Qualified Applicants (RQA), will still be considered in the selection of permanent DepEd Teacher I items.
Usec. Mateo, however, clarified that LSAs will not replace nor duplicate the functions of teachers, who will still be the main facilitator of learning instruction in public school.
According to him, LSAs will only assist teachers since the means of communication by which learning is conveyed to learners has become more complex.
Source: DepEd Official Website
Read more: DepEd News
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