‘Parusahan!’: Youth group says those responsible for ‘scandalous’ DepEd module should be penalized

Published June 16, 2021, 10:32 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

An activist youth group on Wednesday, June 16, said that those behind the production of a learning module distributed by the Department of Education (DepEd) which contained a vulgar word should be held accountable.

A teacher sorts out printed learning modules for distribution to students under distance learning program of DepEd. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“This is not the first time that there has been an error in DepEd modules,” said Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) Spokesperson for Senior and Junior High School students Justin Dizon said in Filipino. “Instead, it’s just one of hundreds of complaints about modular learning,” he added.

For SPARK, there is a need to review and revise the bidding process of DepEd.

The group added that the DepEd officials as well as private individuals or companies, if any, should also be held accountable for releasing the error-riddled learning material which was used by Grade 10 students in Mabalacat, Pampanga.


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Aside from this, SPARK also pointed out other errors in the modules used by students – some of which became viral such those that highlight discrimination and poorly printed materials, among others.

Part of a ‘bigger problem’

For SPARK, these errors found in the modules is part of a bigger problem which the lack of preparation to implement modular learning.

“Kung ano pa ang inaasahang makapagbibigay kaalaman sa aming mga estudyante ay siya pang kulang sa pagsusuri at pinal na rebyu (What is expected to give knowledge to students is that the one that lacks analysis and final review),” Dizon said.

Dizon added that erroneous modules is part of the distance learning program which, according to him, was “rushed” and resulted to heavier burden to both learners and their parents.

“This is also a manifestation of the lack of quality of education during the pandemic,” Dizon said – accusing DepEd of favoring only the “interests of capitalists-educators and private book printing companies.”

Aside from holding the people behind the error-filled modules responsible, SPARK said that DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones should also be held accountable for her “neglect” in providing quality education in the midst of the pandemic.