The Department of Education is yet again in hot water over a tenth-grade Filipino teaching module that used inappropriate language in describing elements of Philippine mythology.
The self-learning module, which was used by students in Mabalacat, Pampanga, said that “aswang” (monsters) was a type of mythological creature that bore wings, ate humans and “naghahanap ng makantot.”
Educator Antonio Clipjo Go presented the offending excerpt to the Senate and the education department, saying: “Kung anu-ano ang sinasabi: editorial preference, matters of usage. An error is an error.”
“Non-negotiable po ‘yun. An error is an error, period…Imagine, ‘yung bata, pinababasa natin ng ganyang kasamang salita?” he said, adding that three parents from Pampanga noticed the word and complained about it.
Education committee chair Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian meanwhile, believes that an unknown individual intentionally placed the word in the module. He said: “Let us not play ignorant or innocent. Everyone knows that word. And whoever made the module knows that word.”
Education undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said in a House hearing last Monday that the module in question was recalled in February. He further added that between October 2020 and June 2021, 163 errors were identified by the government, only 155 of which could be verified.
“There is a process in DepEd called quality assurance process and every module, every textbook, every workbook passes through a quality assurance,” Gatchalian said. “Meaning no module will come out without being quality-assured.
“So my question is, how come this bad word in this module got the stamp of approval of the quality assurance and were reprinted and were distributed to all of our students?”
The lawmaker intends to tackle the issue in a Senate inquiry into DepEd’s preparedness for the following school year.