DepEd puts ‘control measures’ to avoid errors in blended learning

Published August 13, 2020, 5:20 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

After receiving negative comments on error-filled lessons for blended learning, Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Thursday said that “control measures” will be put in place to avoid these from occurring again.

During the virtual presser of Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Briones acknowledged that there were some errors spotted by netizens and other concerned individuals in the lessons shown during the test broadcast of blended learning under the “DepEd TV.” 

“We’ve traced what happened to the dry run,” Briones said in a mix of English and Filipino. “The material came from our Curriculum group then the input was made by our technical people and there was an error in the transfer and copying of the file.” 

Briones explained, “Something went wrong that resulted in that error but originally, our people under the Curriculum group made these [materials]. In the original, there was no error and it was in the transferring of to the video or digital form that there was this typographical error but it should not be allowed to happen again.”

She underscored the “usefulness” of holding the dry runs, rehearsals, or simulations noting it allowed them to “see immediately what are the possible problems that might occur.”

To ensure this will not happen again, she said that concerned units of DepEd have “instituted “control measures.”

DepEd has started the test airing of television and radio episodes to be used for blended/distance learning this upcoming school year. From August 11 to 21 – except on weekends – various episodes will be broadcasted daily starting 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DepEd TV though IBC-13 and Solar.

During the August 10 test broadcast, grammatical and typographical errors were seen by netizens in some episodes and called out the DepEd. On Wednesday, DepEd Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua acknowledged some errors in accuracy, grammar and typography in the lessons aired.

“We’re doing this for the first time that’s why there are test runs and we focused more on the technical aspects of broadcasting, from recording, file conversion, ingestion, mapping, to actual broadcasting,” Pascua said. 

Despite this, he assured that DepEd will continue to fix issues and make the necessary adjustments.