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While the Department of Education (DepEd) has put up an “Error Watch” to monitor errors in its learning materials, Senator Win Gatchalian on Tuesday sought a more rigorous quality assurance of lessons’ content.

“Sa pagpapatuloy ng edukasyon sa panahon ng pandemya ng Covid-19, hindi lamang ang paraan ng pagtuturo ang dapat nating tutukan,” he said.

“Kailangang siguruhin din natin na tama ang mga araling itinuturo natin sa ating mga kabataan. Sa pagsuri natin sa bawat aralin, ang kaalaman ng mahigit 22 milyong mag-aaral ang nakasalalay,” said Gatchalian, chair of the Senate basic education committee.

DepEd reported that from October 12 to 20, its Error Watch initiative has monitored 41 errors in self-learning modules, 27 of which came from those developed by field units.

These locally developed modules did not pass through the central office’s quality screening, DepEd explained. DepEd reported that some errata were already issued and that it is tapping “third party expert SLM conformance reviewers” from volunteers and the academe.

Aside from the self-learning modules, television episodes of some lessons, including those used for test broadcasts of DepEd TV, earlier went viral on social media and drew flak for containing errors.

While the Error Watch initiative will be helpful in ensuring accuracy in lessons, Gatchalian reiterated that it is more productive to ensure that these mistakes are already rooted out and rectified at the quality assurance process.

He said sharing these erroneous lessons and correcting them afterwards “could increase confusion among learners.”

The lawmaker also suggested that DepEd’s collaboration with volunteers and the academe should also be strengthened in the regional and division levels since most of the errors come from field units.

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