DepEd criticized anew for obscene word in module

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FILE PHOTO: Screengrab from a livestream of the Committee on Public Accounts Hearing on June 14, 2021 via the House of Representatives' official Facebook page. (Source: House of Representatives/Facebook)
FILE PHOTO: Screengrab from a livestream of the Committee on Public Accounts Hearing on June 14, 2021 via the House of Representatives' official Facebook page. (Source: House of Representatives/Facebook)

The Department of Education (DepEd) drew flak again after a grave error in their module for distance learning was exposed during a House committee hearing.

Educator Antonio Calipjo Go, who has grown prominent for his scrutiny of public school textbooks, presented a copy of a module on Filipino mythological creatures in the hearing on Monday (June 14). The committee on public accounts was looking into the audit findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) on DepEd “regarding various errors in its learning materials and modules, for purposes of instituting reforms, reviewing policies, and assessing the department’s efficiency.”

The module in question was used by Grade 10 students in Pampanga for their Filipino subject in February this year. It described the mythological creature aswang as, "Siya rin ay isang diyos pero ang aswang ay pinaniniwalaan na ito'y tao na kumakain ng kapwa tao. Kung minsan ang mga ito ay pinapaniwalaan na may mga pakpak at sila raw ay gising kung gabi para maghanap ng makak*nt*t o maaswang." (The aswang is a god but it is also believed that it's a human that eats other human beings. It is often believed to have wings and are awake at night, looking for people to have sex with.)

Go was appalled with the use of the word. "The module itself contains a word na hindi ko pa nakikita anywhere, kahit sa Tiktik," he said, referring to a local tabloid. (The module itself contains a word that I have not seen anywhere, even in Tiktik.)

Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said the agency already recalled the module and issued an errata. "Naglabas po ang superintendent ng instruction na mali ang nilalaman ng worksheet na ito," he said. (The school division superintendent has already released the instruction that this worksheet has erroneous contents.)

Tonisito Umali, also a DepEd undersecretary, said the department vets its learning module before publication, however, some errors still slip. "We will look again at our [vetting] process and we are open to suggestions," Umali said.

Last year, the DepEd also received complaints for a module with puns alluding to lewd acts. According to the DepEd's investigation, it was produced by a private Catholic school in Zambales.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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