(1ST UPDATE) This isn’t the first time DepEd has been called out for its learning modules distributed to millions of students
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is under fire again for another learning module mishap, this time involving a Self-Learning Module (SLM) activity by Grade 11 students.
The activity was from the theme “Introduction to the Philosophy of the Human Person”. Students were asked to identify which heading had no errors in grammar, spelling, and content. The decisions all revolved around Robredo, which seemed to cast them in a bad light without the right context.
The students were given four ways to find an error: a. Robredo blames government for unclear communication on new quarantine rules; b. Robredo blames the government for not having clear quarantine rules; c. Robredo blames government for quarantine confusion; i.e. Robredo blames the executive branch for the unclear communication
Another question, concerned with identifying “reasonable generalization”, included Robredo in all decisions: a. “Drug War a Massive Failure” – Robredo; b. Robredo lies to the world, shames the nation and himself in a UN embassy; c. The Real Albatross on the Neck by Leni Robredo; i.e. Let Leni plan her own drug war
The module contains not just one question, but two. See question number 8. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/XQhJsvkvhS
— Bonz Magsambol (@bnzmagsambol) April 8, 2022
The module was created in 2020 but surfaced online on Thursday April 7, just over a month before the elections.
“Is that the quality of education we have in the public domain? We missed the standard and decency,” said a Twitter user @BogAhOng1 called.
Meanwhile Twitter user @MHaramei said that DepEd must be “responsible” for the module.
This wasn’t the first time DepEd had been called out for distributing its learning modules to millions of students. Since the start of distance learning in 2020, module errors have kept cropping up. The government has allocated billions in funding for distance learning.
Rappler has reached out to DepEd for comment. In a Viber message to Rappler, DepEd Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma said they will release a statement soon. We’ll update this story as soon as we get her explanation.
According to a study conducted by Tsek.PH, Robredo was the “biggest victim” of online disinformation, which in turn boosts the image of her rival for the presidency, the dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Tsek.PH is a joint fact-checking project for the 2022 Philippines Election.
In November 2020, DepEd made headlines for its modules “body-shaming” Angel Locsin, also a vocal critic of the Duterte government. This prompted the DepEd to apologize to Locsin. (READ: DepEd apologizes for ‘body-shaming’ Angel Locsin module) – Rappler.com