Undersecretary Diosdado M. San Antonio, in a regional virtual press conference on Tuesday, said the 131 validated errors from October to December 2020 have gone down to 24 during the first six months of this year.
San Antonio said they have been strict with their review of the SLMs such that their curriculum and instruction strands (learning areas) have sought the help of the subject experts of the Philippine Normal University to look into the materials.
“Not all of the errors that were posted in the social media were the products of DepEd,” he said, adding if the error was committed by the department, then an erratum is issued, otherwise the SLMs are withdrawn.
DepEd has likewise looked into those accountable for the mistakes.
Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua said when the issue on erroneous SLM cropped up, they immediately created the error watch group from different strands to look into the concern.
They also encouraged the public to report the error to DepEd and not just post them on social media.
“We were able to differentiate these errors, some are editorial, others are substantial but many did not come from DepEd and were not released by DepEd,” he added.
Meanwhile, Secretary Leonor Briones said they are now ready for the Sept. 13 opening of classes, adding they have more than enough time to prepare amid the pandemic, based on the school calendar.
As part of their preparations, Pascua said they are pursuing virtual in-service training for almost 400,000 teachers nationwide this week.
During the training, teachers are capacitated on the use of educational technologies and techniques that they can use to reach out to learners amid the pandemic, he added.
Teachers were also provided with their subscriber identification module (sim) card under DepEd’s connectivity project that they will use in attending the training. (PNA)
By Perla Lena