WITH the opening of classes in public schools on Monday, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has expressed hope that the Department of Education (DepEd) has ensured that the modules to be used for the blended learning would be error-free.
A combination of online learning and printed materials or self-tutoring modules remained the mode of educational instruction being adopted by the DepEd for SY 2021-2022 as Covid-19 infection surges across the country.
Marcos pointed out that students have already complained of learning less last school year when the learning method was first adopted due to the pandemic and having erroneous modules would only contribute more to the deterioration of the country’s educational standards.
“Hindi na nga sila natututo nang husto dahil sa mga problema sa Internet connectivity at mga distractions that they may also have to contend with in their homes, kung ’yung mga modules na nagsisilbing textbooks nila, eh, mali-mali pa, aba’y lalong hindi matututo ang ating mga kabataan,” he stressed.
An undersecretary of the DepEd has admitted that from October 2020 to June 2021, there were 163 reported errors in the learning materials used during the previous school year. Of these reported errors, 155 were confirmed to have followed validation by the DepEd. The former senator said DepEd should have created committees tasked to review and edit learning materials to ensure that they’re well-written and prevent a repeat of last school year’s fiasco.
The DepEd has received criticisms following numerous complaints that the modules were written without regard to grammar, logic and consistency. The DepEd has defended, though, that majority of the errors were in learning materials produced at the regional level.
“Kahit pa sa mga region ginawa ’yung learning materials, dapat merong komite na nagre-review sa mga ito. Paano magiging educational materials ’yung mga modules kung mali-mali? Dati sa textbooks, meron nang ganyang issue, wag naman na sanang maulit dahil kawawa ang mga bata,” Marcos stressed.