Senate Urged DepEd to Probe “Sagot-for-Sale” Scheme for Self-Learning Modules
The Department of Education (DepEd) is being urged to probe the new “sagot-for-sale” scheme that provides answer to self-learning modules.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian order the DepEd in investigating another bad scheme that has emerged in distance learning of students. According to the report that reached the Senator, there are parents that pay other people to answer their children’s module.
The lawmaker called it the “sagot-for-sale” or answers-for-sale scheme. He said the report came from a teachers group at a hearing in the Senate basic education committee on the implementation of blended and distance learning modules in the middle of the pandemic.
“There is a what I call ‘answer for sale’ activities with parents paying to answer those modules,” said Gatchalian.
Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio aslo told DepEd to look into this. According to Senator Nancy Binay, some parents are still the ones answering their child’s modules instead of the student.
“May mga biruan na nga na baka dapat nga si nanay ang bigyan ng medal at hinidi daw ‘yong anak kasi kadalasan daw sila ‘yong sumasagot doon sa mga learning modules,” said Binay.
San Antonio, on the other hand, said that although they expect the said situations to implement alternative learning modalities, it is “beyond the control” of the agency.
The DepEd official just said to parents, “we were very clear that this school year, since home-based siya, is also the best time to teach honesty to our own children.”
San Antonio emphasized they will not be able to solve the problem if the parents would want to develop cheating to their children. “At ang sabi po ni Ma’am Liling, hindi naman pwedeng pilitin natin na maging honest yan, o magcomply lahat ng bata.”
Despite this, the teachers said that there is a way to find out if there is fraud in the said answer to the module, a reason for having incidents where the teachers can talk to the parents about the issue.
“Virtue of honesty [is] hard to find…It’s interesting to know na baka this is a value that needs to be taught. Hindi na siya ganoon ka-common, ‘yong honesty in light of the situation,” Binay said asking for a report from DepEd.
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