The Department of Education (DepEd) extended optimism on their new and improved system that prioritizes teachers to have “less work at night” and “more productivity by day.”
One of the main concerns of teachers and parents is the function of the Learner Information System (LIS) which serves as an online facility that provides for the registration and data of learners enrolled in schools. The department had reported substantial improvement in the performance of its LIS, “which helps teachers cut the time spent on the system and allows them to focus on teaching.”
Following the migration of LIS to DepEd’s Cloud facilities and the provision of enough resources for more than 100,000 daily users, which is four to five times the usual capacity of LIS, DepEd noted that “more users are able to work with the system during the day than at night or wee hours of the morning.”
In a report, at least 130,000 teachers are accessing the LIS dashboard from 8 AM to 5 PM and having only 1,000 users at night.
“This is only the beginning of a Department-wide effort to improve the efficiency of existing DepEd systems. It is long overdue and it will go a long way in helping our teachers have more time to teach than working on the LIS,” said Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua. He also noted that since the improvement, system problems due to the high volume of users were encountered for only three days between July 30 and August 1.
Considered as a strategic decision is a Migration to the Cloud project of DepEd which allowed to easily increase or decrease the capacity LIS that is based on the current requirements without going through the long process of purchasing new equipment. It will also ensure that operations o fLIS will continue even in the cases of blackouts or other untoward events that might affect the DepEd Data Center.
Meanwhile, the DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Abram Abanil noted that DepEd is working non-stop in our assessment of existing systems, apart from the LIS, to ensure that they fulfill their objective of simplifying work.
Earlier, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) urged DepEd to junk the LIS saying that it “only adds up to the already overworked status” of teachers. While the aim of the said system is “good,” ACT believes that it is beyond the function of teachers as this is “already a clerical work that should be done by the non-teaching personnel.”