The Department of Education-Occidental Mindoro last week apologized for yet another questionable learning module, which called Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin “obese”.
The Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) module, which reportedly did not undergo quality assurance from the DepEd Central Office, read: “Angel Locsin is an obese person. She, together with Coco Martin, eats fatty and sweet food in Mang Inasal fast food restaurant most of the time. In her house, she always watching television [sic] and does not have any physical activities.”
It then asked: “What do you think will happen to Angel if she continues her lifestyle?”
In a statement, an education official said that the module was a “teacher-made assessment” for a 10th grade MAPEH class designed to evaluate specific competencies and added that assessment of the materials is the teacher’s responsibility.
Learning material should undergo quality assurance in the Central Office, only the QA was not finished when distance learning began last October 5. Schools were then left to assess the materials themselves.
Locsin, for her part, had originally decided to keep mum on the issue but ended up posting on Facebook: “What bothers me most is apart from teaching incorrect grammar to the students, DepEd seems unaffected that the said teacher is teaching bad conduct and sowing discrimination among the children.
“Anong mangyayari sa future kung ang mga kabataan ay tinuturuan ng pambabastos at pangungutya sa kapwa? This is the more relevant issue DepEd, that you should be held accountable and must correct. Sa inyo nakasalalay ang pag-asa ng ating milyon milyong kabataan.”
In the past month since the start of distance learning, the DepEd had been called out on a number of mistakes in both English and Math subjects. Modules also had content that reinforced outdated and problematic gender roles. Most recently, one asked eighth graders to write wedding vows.