On Friday, Sen. Joel Villanueva voiced outrage over a viral social media post showing a self-learning module from a private school that used the names of persons considered to be Filipino puns alluding to lewd acts.
“With respect to modules, there are a lot of social media messages going around … How does DepEd guarantee the consistency of modules?” Villanueva asked education officials during a budget hearing in the Senate.
The module was not produced by the department, as private schools are authorized to “produce their own content,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said. Still, she vowed action.
“It’s not DepEd … They’re always dirty words, though. It’s not at all acceptable,” she said.
“We’re going to take steps,” she said.
Diosdado San Antonio, Undersecretary of DepEd, said the organization formed a team “that makes sure the material is perfect.”
We are also very quickly hiring third-party editors … as a means of ensuring that the documents we can certify are also assured of accuracy, “he stated.”
After it screened education TV shows containing grammatical mistakes, the DepEd earlier attracted flak.
“We would like to explain that the Department of Education ( DepEd) did not establish a certain viral picture of a module page with offensive words. Based on our inquiry, the module was created by a private Catholic school in Zambales,” it said.
The department has ensured that “quality testing has been given” for learning materials at public schools and that they are yet to officially use the modules as public schools open on October 5.
“It added that it will continue to examine and” exhaust legal remedies “to ensure that learning resources facilitate better education and children’s best interests in private and public schools.”