Not even found in Tiktik: Another bad word snuck into DepEd materials | Inquirer News
Close  

Not even found in Tiktik: Another bad word snuck into DepEd materials

/ 01:21 PM June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) was once again under fire after another “dirty word” was found in learning materials used by students for the distance learning system amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During the hearing of the House committee on public accounts, Antonio Calipjo-Go, who had earlier complained before the Commission on Audit (COA) regarding the learning materials used by DepEd, said that four parents from Pampanga had approached him regarding a word included in the learning modules of students.

ADVERTISEMENT

The module, a copy of which was shared by Calipjo-Go during the hearing, tackles Filipino mythical creatures such as aswang, tiyanak, kapre, and maligno, among others.

The definition of aswang, according to the module, states: “Siya rin ay isang diyos pero ang Aswang ay pinaniniwalaan na ito’y tao na kumakain ng kapwa tao, kung minsan ang mga ito ay pinapaniwalaan na may mga pakpak at sila raw ay gising kung gabi para maghanap ng maka*ant*t or maaswang.”

FEATURED STORIES

The “dirty word” when translated into English means sex or sexual intercourse.

“This proves na ito ay module na gawa ng DepEd division office somewhere and then ginamit ng bata,” Calipjo-Go said.

“The module itself contains a word na hindi ko pa nakikita anywhere, kahit sa Tiktik,” he added, referring to a Filipino tabloid containing sexual stories.

DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said the particular module mentioned by Calipjo-Go was among the learning materials already corrected by their office.

“Ginawan na po ‘yan ng errata ng division office na concerned… Naglabas ang superintendent ng instruction na mali iyong nilalaman ng learning activity sheet na ito,” San Antonio said.

“Ako hindi rin ako masaya na may mga mali-mali pero dahil nangyayari pa rin ang mga maling ganito ay kailangan mayroon tayong proseso para maiayos,” he added.

San Antonio stressed that teachers should be able to reiterate to students that that specific part of the learning material is incorrect.

ADVERTISEMENT

This was not the first time that DepEd was criticized over “dirty words” found in learning materials used by students.

In September 2020, the DepEd disowned a self-learning module attributed to the agency which used “dirty” names in its exercises.

In a photo shared by a netizen, the choices in one question mentioned “Pining Garcia,” “Abdul Salsalani,” “Malou Wang,” and “Tina Moran.”

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: DepEd, module
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.