The Department of Education (DepEd) strongly denounced “any form of academic dishonesty” and appealed to parents, teachers, and learners to help put a stop to it.
“Even before the pandemic, cheating has always presented a challenge to the education system,” DepEd said in a statement issued Wednesday, Sept. 22.
DepEd said that it has “recently monitored” that answers to self-learning modules (SLMs) are uploaded on Facebook pages dubbed as “Online Kopyahan.”
The said page, DepEd said, “seemingly lure learners as manifested by its massive following.”
DepEd explained that it has designed its SLMs to help learners keep track of their progress. “Their responses provide information about how well they understood a lesson before proceeding to the next,” it added.
While these activities are not graded, DepEd said that learners are “encouraged to demonstrate what they can and cannot do without feeling obligated to always get it right.”
Noting that “mistakes are understandable in the learning process and the learner’s capacity to learn from them while striving for excellence is vital to their holistic development,” DepEd stressed it does not tolerate the perpetuation of cheating, regardless of the learning delivery modality.
DepEd said that it is “now exhausting all possible means to put a stop to these activities.”
As a course of action, DepEd said that it has “sought the assistance of social media companies to ban these groups and prevent similar attempts of academic dishonesty that promote laziness, irresponsibility, and instant gratification.”
Related to this, DepEd issued an appeal to parents, teachers, and learners to help the agency address this matter.
“Help us eradicate online cheating, which undermines the development of values and morality among the youth,” DepEd said.
DepEd said that academic dishonesty such as online cheating, among others, demean the quality of education that the department has been striving to improve.
Likewise, DepEd enjoined all stakeholders remain “steadfast in protecting our shared goal of nurturing holistically developed learners by making the home and school as enabling environments for character development.”