Senator Win Gatchalian (File photo)

MANILA – While the Department of Education (DepEd) has put up its 'Error Watch' to monitor errors in its learning materials, Senator Win Gatchalian sought a more rigorous quality assurance of lessons’ content to avoid confusion among the country’s public school learners.

DepEd reported that from Oct. 12 to 20, its Error Watch initiative has monitored 41 errors in self-learning modules, 27 of which came from those developed by field units.

It said these locally developed modules did not pass through the central office’s quality screening and that some errata were already issued and that it is tapping “third party expert SLM conformance reviewers” from volunteers and the academe.

Aside from the self-learning modules, television episodes of some lessons, including those used for test broadcasts of DepEd TV, earlier went viral on social media and drew flak for containing errors.

While the Error Watch initiative will be helpful in ensuring accuracy in lessons, Gatchalian reiterated that it is more productive to ensure that these mistakes are already rooted out and rectified at the quality assurance process.

Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, said sharing these erroneous lessons and correcting them afterwards could increase confusion among learners.

He also suggested that DepEd’s collaboration with volunteers and the academe should also be strengthened in the regional and division levels since most of the errors come from field units.

Gatchalian said the results of 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) should also be considered in coming up with quality learning materials. The global survey revealed that out of 79 countries, the Philippines ranked lowest in Reading Comprehension and second lowest in Science and Mathematics.

Gatchalian also explained that his push to increase centers of excellence for teacher education nationwide would help in the creation of quality learning materials.

Under Republic Act 7784, which formed the Teacher Education Council to improve teacher education in the country, one of the functions of a center of excellence is to serve as a teacher resource center for the development of curricular and instructional materials.

In a Senate hearing, non-profit organization Philippine Business for Education revealed that out of 1,572 Teacher Education Institutions, only 74 are recognized as centers of excellence and development. (PR)