The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday once again disowned a problematic module and urged the public to use its existing reporting mechanism should they find errors in the self-learning modules (SLMs) being used by students under distance learning set-up this school year.
DepEd, through its Public Affairs Service (PAS), issued this statement following a post made by director and film producer Jose “Joey” Javier Reyes lamenting the state of the country’s education system over a module asking students to study rhetoric using the national language.
“We need all the help from our stakeholders and we advise the public to use our reporting mechanism so DepEd can take action soonest,” said DepEd PAS Director June Gudoy.
On Oct. 12, the agency formally launched its DepEd “Error Watch” initiative as a “response to numerous reports about errors found in learning materials.” The mechanism makes use of three platforms for reporting which will validate errors for immediate and proper correction.
In a Facebook post dated Oct. 26, Reyes expressed dismay on the said module. “What kind of vision and even professionalism exist among those in charge of education in this country if the teaching of language is based on identifying ‘hugot lines’ and ‘quotable quotes’ from local movies and asking who rendered these dialogue?” he added.
Asked for a clarification, the DepEd PAS denied that the module in question was produced by the agency. “Based on our initial investigation, the module was not developed by DepEd teachers and is not part of our official learning resources,” Gudoy said.
The module pointed out by Reyes, Gudoy explained, is from a “high school managed by another agency” thus – “DepEd does not QA their materials.”
Gudoy added that Reyes had already been “informed” that the module he posted and commented on was not developed by DepEd. “I am in touch with him and I communicated that this is not a DepEd module,” he added. “I have appraised him soonest about the results of our investigation,” he added.
Asked to comment on Reyes’ scathing remarks, Gudoy noted that his “original post has no mention of DepEd.” He added that the director was probably “referring to the people who developed the module” and was “equally surprised” that reports were outrightly attributed to the agency.
This is not the first time that a celebrity expressed frustration over the errors found in modules. Earlier, singer Lea Salonga also pointed out on social media an illustration showing an owl but was labeled as an “ostrich.”
Since the school year started, DepEd has been under a firestorm of criticisms over erroneous modules. After verifying with concerned local offices, DepEd has been disowning some of the modules found with errors – noting that these are not developed by the agency.
Saying it “did not pass the conformance review,” DepEd on Oct. 19 disowned a learning module which discourages students from participating in peaceful assemblies or rallies. In September, DepEd also disowned a module attributed to the department which used “dirty” names in some of its exercises.