DepEd downplays errors found in TV episodes

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, October 12, downplayed the errors found in its TV episodes for distance learning, saying there were only two episodes with errors out of 111 episodes it had produced last week.

"We were able to produce 111 unique video episodes amounting to close to 3,000 minutes of video episodes. And out of 111 video episodes, two episodes were seen to contain errors.... I would want to reiterate that out of 111 videos, only 2 episodes have errors," Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua said in a virtual press briefing on Monday.

Pascua said that the two errors were episodes on Mathematics and Araling Panlipunan.

A day after school opened, netizens spotted a mathematical equation with an incorrect solution in one episode aired on DepEd TV on IBC-13 and streamed on Facebook on Tuesday, October 6. (READ: Uh-oh: DepEd in hot water again for error in math equation aired on TV)

Pascua did not give details about the error they found in the Araling Panlipunan subject.

Why this matters

The two erroneous episodes, however, put at risk the education of over 22 million public school students who tuned in to DepEd TV and the Facebook page of IBC-13.

Pascua emphasized that the erroneous videos posted on social media had been taken down and were replaced with the corrected episodes. Spotty internet access for many students who rely on TV only for broadcast content, however, could have caused them to miss the corrections.

To prevent errors for its TV episodes, Pascua said that they would partner with about 60 experts from academe and the private sector to help them check quality of broadcast content.

"Hindi na kaya ng puwersa natin sa DepEd TV (We cannot do it alone here at DepEd TV), because we are always running out of time because mahirap mag-produce ng TV episodes (it's difficult to produce TV episodes)," Pascua said.

Aside from this, the DepEd also launched on Monday DepEd Error Watch, which aims to "collate reports of errors found in different learning materials" such as printed learning modules, broadcast content, and online materials in DepEd Commons.

The department asked the public "to forward these to the appropriate offices for validation and correction."

The public can communicate about the materials they find erroneous through the following:

  • Email: errorwatch@deped.gov.ph
  • Text message and Viber: 0961-680-5334
  • Facebook Messenger: DepEd Error Watch (@depederrorwatch)
  • Workchat: DepEd Error Watch

On Monday, over 24 million students started classes in the country in the middle of a pandemic. Despite issues experienced by students, teachers, and parents, Education Secretary Leonor Briones decribed the school opening as a success. (WATCH: Empty classrooms as Philippines starts classes during pandemic)

Following President Rodrigo Duterte's directive for schools to delay face-to-face classes until a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, the DepEd has shifted to distance learning. (READ: FAST FACTS: DepEd’s distance learning)

Distance learning refers to the delivery of lessons outside the traditional face-to-face setup, using a mix of modular learning, online learning, and TV and radio broadcasts. Teachers and students remain geographically remote from each other during their classes.

The opening of classes had already been delayed twice to allow schools, teachers, students, and parents to prepare for the demands of distance learning. – Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.

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