An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) has assured that the errors found in Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) under distance/blended learning will be rectified as soon as possible.
DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio told the Manila Bulletin that DepEd will rectify such errors upon validation with the concerned region.
“Content errors found inappropriate shall be rectified via an issuance from the concerned Regional Director if the SLM is used in the whole region,” San Antonio said.
In lieu of face-to-face classes this school year, students are under home-based learning through various learning delivery modalities such as printed or digital modular, online distance learning, and radio or television-based instructions.
San Antonio said that regardless of the modality/ies chosen, the “backbone” of distance learning are the SLMs which were aligned with the streamlined K to 12 curriculum or the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs). Due to time constraints, the DepEd said some SLMs did not pass through quality assurance of the Central Office.
The DepEd is urging the public to inform the agency of the errors found in modules for verification and proper intervention. “Efforts are to be exerted by the teachers to clarify such errors in succeeding lesson materials or while communicating with the learners and parents,” San Antonio said.
Since the opening of classes on October 5, several photos of erroneous modules have been circulating online. DepEd said some of these were produced by the Central Office while others were locally-produced by the regions. Some modules, DepEd said, are also of “unknown sources” that need further verification.
Since concerns on SLMs and other learning materials fall under his office, San Antonio said that a Facebook Page called “Curriculum and Instruction Pillars” was put up as an “additional platform for disseminating updates.”
On Oct. 12, the agency also launched its “DepEd Error Watch” in response to numerous reports about errors found in learning materials released by the department.
The initiative is under the monitoring and supervision of the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA). Undersecretary Alain Pascua said that the goal of this initiative is to “receive and collate reports of errors found in different learning materials” such as SLMs, other printed materials, DepEd TV, DepEd Commons, DepEd TV YouTube Channel, etc. – and to forward these to the appropriate offices for validation and correction.