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DepEd says broadcast typo result of technical error, won’t happen again

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has responded to criticisms after a lecture aired on DepEd TV went viral for a typographical error.

Screenshots of a questionnaire for Grade 8 students made the rounds on social media on Wednesday, which featured erroneous grammar. The questionnaire read: “Tagaytay City is known for wonderful picturesque of the majestic Mount Taal. What does picturesque mean?”

According to DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua, it was the bureau’s first time to produce video educational materials, hence the test broadcasts for the upcoming school year were conducted to gauge its readiness. Pascua added that DepEd is more focused on the broadcast’s technical aspects such as the content’s recording, file conversion, up to the actual broadcasting.

“It’s true that there are mistakes on its accuracy, and even with [the material’s] grammar and typography,” said Pascua in a statement. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones also noted that the materials came from its curriculum group, which were later on inputted by technical staff. During the said transfer and copying of the file, an error was encountered. Briones also said that such mistakes would not happen again as DepEd would undertake control measures.

The episodes are slated to go live on DepEd TV, IBC-13, DepEd radio, and on a DepEd website on August 24, part of DepEd’s blended learning approach, which combines the use of television, radio, and the Internet to deliver education.

On August 14, DepEd announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved its recommendation to move the opening of classes to October 5 to “provide relief to logistical implications” brought about by the imposition of a modified enhanced community quarantine on Metro Manila and certain provinces.

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