DepEd drafts supplemental policy to boost child protection during online classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2020   •   199

The Department of Education (DepEd) drafted a supplemental policy to boost child protection during online classes.

DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Josephine Maribohoc said the supplemental policy includes guidelines for recording online classes.

“In fact when we issued supplemental policy as a policy it would  become a rule. Unlike guidelines that you mentioned, they are recommendations, so once those are adopted into policy they become rule,” she said.

“And some of the themes actually on recording, seeking consent, use of images, all of those will be in the supplemental policy. And we hope we will come in that policy in the very near future,” she added.

The department expects that learners will be using the online learning approach more often following the educational system’s shift to the new normal. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

CHR concerned over DepEd modules discouraging youth from joining ‘peaceful assemblies’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2020

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has expressed concern that a module on Media and Information Literacy allegedly from the Department of Education (DepEd) appears to discourage children from participating in peaceful assemblies.

In a statement, the CHR said that aside from teaching the value of respect for law,  it is equally important to develop critical thinking among children especially on issues of national scope.

“We stress that our current freedoms that we enjoy today are fruits of past struggles. Instead of discouraging dissent, it would be better to demand better services and accountability from the government and its officials as part of their duty to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of all,” the agency said.

The CHR also reiterated the Constitution protects the people’s right to freedom of speech, of expression, the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and petition the government for redress of grievances.

They also encouraged DepEd to improve on the current education system, and also encouraged citizens to continue to report to DepEd errors found in the learning materials for the benefit of our children. AAC

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DepEd apologizes for erroneous modules

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has apologized for the many errors and mistakes seen in their modules which were, in turn, posted on social media by netizens.

Although DepEd said that not all erroneous materials came from them as many have been reported to have come from private institutions, the department still admits that they had been slack with their quality assurance protocols.

DepEd said these errors, intended or not, have slipped through and into the online class system.

In an interview, DepEd undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said they are still perfecting the system as they are yet to make their quality assurance mechanism fully operational.

Antonio added that the department is continually crafting centrally certified self-learning modules (SLMs) with the help of master teachers, supervisors, and specialists at the Dep-Ed Central office.

The department said that due to time constraints, the drafting of SLMs were initially delegated to the regional offices, with the instruction that such modules must be sent back to the Central office for thorough testing and review before distribution.

The department appealed to those who are curriculum experts to volunteer in rectifying the errors in the children’s lessons. —/mbmf

Limited work force, rushed production, caused errors in broadcast materials—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) said the errors seen in their educational broadcast was due to the department’s limited work force.

DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua said the department had to rush their production to reach around 130 to 220 episodes per week. Pascua lamented they don’t have enough personnel to review the modules, write the scripts, and shoot the videos.

“This is not even the last time that there will be errors, there will always be errors I will assure you, because we are not perfect. I will tell you why: we are producing 27 videos everyday; producing 130 to 220 videos every week and we have a work force of 130 to less than 200 teacher-broadcasters and we are doing this every day,” he said.

The department received backlash after a mathematical error from one of their broadcasts recently went viral on social media. DepEd, meanwhile, appeals to the public to understand the situation while they continue to improve their broadcast.

“We have been here for four or five months, we are not really journalists and broadcasters in this line of work. Our teachers are still being trained to be teacher-broadcasters. If the people, the media and the public are looking for perfect episodes, give us so much time. But we cannot do these things at this time,” he added.

However, Pasuca assured that the DepEd is gradually polishing their materials and there are already volunteers willing to help them with their production. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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