The Department of Education (DepEd) is strengthening its efforts to help ensure that self-learning modules (SLMs) distributed to students under distance learning will be “quality-assured” for the rest of the school year.
“We would like to assure you that we are doing legally permissible to trace and to track all the materials which are attributed to the DepEd so that this incidence [sic], if they will not be repeated at least, will be minimized,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said during last week’s virtual press briefing.
Education Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio explained that aside from the launch of the “DepEd Error Watch Initiative,” created to receive reports on erroneous modules, a joint technical working group (TWG) of SLM conformance reviewers was also set-up at the Central, Regional and Division levels.
“We’re also still in the process of procuring third party expert SLM conformance reviewers who may come from academe and volunteers,” San Antonio said. Currently, he explained that the DepEd is “still working on the parameters on how engage them.”
Meanwhile, Undersecretary for Field Operations Revsee Escobedo said DepEd regional offices have been closely monitoring, assessing, and resolving the different plans they have implemented for the First Quarter of school year (SY) 2020-2021.
“Based on their initial monitoring reports, the Regional Offices have consolidated their concerns and suggested resolutions to improve the creation and distribution of 2nd Quarter SLMs, and to make the facilitation of distance learning more effective and innovative,” Escobedo said.
For the 2nd quarter SLMs, Escobedo said that regional offices have various initiatives to expedite the conformance review process.
“There will also be adjustment in the review process and the conformance reviewers shall be given the authority to apply changes in the modules,” he explained.
Escobedo noted that regional reinforcements will also be sought in reviewing the SLMs.
“At least 45 chiefs and education program supervisors from the regions will help in the conformance review for the second quarter,” he added.
Aside from contextualized issuances aimed to supplement alternative working arrangements, regions were advised to create localized versions of “Error Watch” for faster investigation, response, and rectification of errors that may be found in the modules. “Regions have released respective errata for the errors they confirmed in the SLMs,” he added.
Citing latest data from DepEd Error Watch, San Antonio said that there were 41 SLM reported errors, 27 of which are locally-developed, 11 are from unknown sources, and three were quality assured by the Central Office.