41 errors in self-learning modules monitored by DepEd

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — The Department of Education (DepEd) has so far monitored 41 errors in self-learning modules (SLMs) distributed to public elementary and high school students as they shift to distance learning amid the pandemic.

Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said these were reported via the DepEd Error Watch from Oct. 12 to 20.

Most of the errors were spotted in modules developed by the DepEd field offices, which means they did not pass through the central office’s quality screening, he said.

“Pag locally developed ang SLMs, sila po ang mag-i-issue ng errata at may nakapag-report na sa amin na nakapag-issue na ng errata,” San Antonio said during a press briefing on Friday.

[Translation: If it is locally developed, they will be the ones to issue the errata, and someone reported to us that they have issued the errata.]

The DepEd launched the Error Watch for reporting mistakes spotted in modules and video lessons after receiving flak over photos of erroneous modules.

Errors reported so far vary—some are factual, typographical, spelling and grammatical mistakes.

Ten out of the 41 reported errors have yet to be verified, according to San Antonio.

“When we say unknown sources, ito po yung hindi namin mahanap, hindi pa namin makita saan ginagamit,” he explained.

[Translation: When we say unknown sources, these are the ones that we have not found yet.]

The DepEd is working to hire more proofreaders to prevent mistakes, and to centralize the production of modules beginning second quarter of the school year.

Meantime, officials are also appealing to the public to properly mark errors when reporting.

Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said this is to help the DepEd verify and trace them quickly to the region or field office that produced the module.

“To really identify if possible where, if there can be some markers outside of the just a screen cap or just a segment,” Malaluan said.