DepEd vows to provide ‘better’ self-learning modules for School Year 2021-2022

Published September 20, 2021, 9:06 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Learners who are enrolled for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 will receive enhanced quality self-learning modules (SLMs), the Department of Education (DepEd) assured.

Photo taken at Calay IP School, Sarangani in September 2020. (DepEd Region XII)

DepEd, in a statement issued Monday, Sept. 20, reiterated the commitment of DepEd as announced by Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio during the National School Day Opening program last week.

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San Antonio emphasized the “improvements made in the quality assurance process” of the DepEd for the learning resources as early as January this year.

DepEd also collaborated with the Philippine Normal University (PNU) to assist in checking the materials.

The Bureau of Learning Delivery (BLD) also prioritized the SLM Enhancement, which aimed to generate improved versions of the materials and provide teachers with support through Notes to Teachers.

To ensure that the children will have a “better version” of the self-learning modules, San Antonio said that DepEd has conducted a second round of quality assurance on these self-learning modules.

“We also allow the combination of Central office and locally-quality assured learning materials,” he explained in Filipino.

Led by San Antonio, DepEd’s Curriculum and Instruction has credited the upgraded vetting process as the department monitored lesser error reports in SLMs from January to July this year compared to the more than 100 validated errors during the first three months of classes in October to December 2020.

San Antonio also noted that the “quality-assured modules are already converted into different formats and are used as the basis” for the DepEd TV and the DepEd radio-based instruction.

Moreover, San Antonio said that the public can still report erroneous SLMs through the DepEd Error Watch, an initiative launched in October 2020 to address the issue.

Despite using SLMs for this school year, San Antonio underscored that regional directors are conducting efforts to gradually migrate from being dependent on printed SLMs to technology-based learning by maximizing the use of gadgets.

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