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MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday clarified that a learning module that discourages students from joining peaceful assemblies is not part of DepEd’s curriculum resources.

“The Department of Education, as an institution, upholds our Constitution and believes in the principle of freedom of speech and expression,” the DepEd said in a statement.

Earlier, a certain learning module posted by Facebook user David Waya, has gone viral on social media as it created an impression that the DepEd discourages students from joining peaceful assemblies.

One of the module’s questions with a photo depicting a rally was “If given the chance, will you join this rally? Why or why not?”

According to its answer key, the “correct” answer is: “No, because the government has (sic) really doing their best for all the Filipino people and their constituents.”

“According to our initial investigation, the module did not pass the conformance review of the Curriculum and Instruction strand of the Central Office. We are still tracing how the material was circulated,” the DepEd said.

It also urged the public to help the department with the investigation on the issue and to report any information to its Public Assistance Action Center by contacting the following landline and mobile numbers: 8636-1663, 8633-1942, 8634-0222, 8638-8641, 8638-7530, 8638 -7529, 8638-7531, 8635-9817, 8631-6033, 0919-456-0027 (Smart), and 0995-921-8461 (Globe). (PNA)

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