‘Stop spewing lies’: Teachers say DepEd’s data not reflective of real learning situation

Published March 5, 2021, 4:06 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

A federation of teachers asked the officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) to “stop spewing lies” in an attempt to cover up the failure of its distance learning program.

ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Friday, March 5, alleged that DepEd officials are covering up the lapses under the distance learning set-up by releasing data that does not reflect the real situation on the ground.

“We ask the DepEd officials to stop spewing lies to cover up for the failure of distance learning and instead focus on implementing education reforms to salvage the rest of the school year and ensure safe and quality education for all,” ACT Secretary-General Raymond Basilio said.

ACT said this following the DepEd’s report in the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Basic Education on March 3. DepEd reported that 99% of students got passing marks under the distance learning in the 1st Quarter of SY 2020-2021.

The group also questioned the accuracy of DepEd’s data citing that out of the 25 million enrolled students, the report only included 14.5 million students who passed and 126,674 who got failing marks. This, ACT said, “leaves 10 million learners unaccounted for.”

During the Laging Handa public briefing on Friday, March 5, DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio maintained that the data of students who got passing marks came directly from Regional Offices (ROs), Schools Division Offices (SDOs), and schools.

Along with due consideration from teachers, he noted that the implementation of academic ease measures – as instructed by DepEd in October – also helped why many students were able to get passing marks during the First Quarter.