Grade 10 learning module in Pampanga contains vulgar word

    MANILA, Philippines – A learning module used by Grade 10 students in Pampanga was found to contain a vulgar Filipino word.

    The unwanted word was used in a paragraph that described “aswang”, an evil shape-shifting creature in Filipino folklore that eats humans. A copy of the module was presented by educator Antonio Calipjo Go during a House hearing on Monday, June 14.

    Grade 10 learning module in Pampanga contains vulgar word
    PHOTO CREDIT: Antonio Calipjo Go via GMA News

    “Siya rin ay isang diyos pero ang Aswang ay pinaniniwalaan na ito’y tao na kumakain ng kapwa tao, kung minsan ang mga ito ay pinapaniwalaan na may mga pakpak at sila raw ay gising kung gabi para maghanap ng m*ka*ant*t or maaswang,” the module read.

    Expressing his disappointment over the learning material for Filipino subject, Go said that he has never encountered the term even in tabloids.

    "The module itself contains a word na hindi ko pa nakikita anywhere, kahit sa Tiktik," Go said.

    Meanwhile, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said that the learning material was already recalled last February.

    “Ako, hindi rin po ako masaya na may mga mali-mali. Pero dahil nangyayari pa rin ang mga maling ganito ay kailangan may proseso para maisaayos,” San Antonio explained.

    It wasn’t the first time that DepEd’s learning materials came under fire for containing errors. In March, DepEd was called out by a Grade 5 student from Polomolok in South Cotabato for the alleged gender bias depicted in the learning module where the student must match some descriptions to the boy and girl.

    According to the picture of the activity’s answer key, a man is portrayed to be cool, strong and brave while a woman must be modest, a crybaby and has mood swings.

    Aside from the vulgar word, 155 errors were also found in the DepED’s learning materials from October 2020 to June 2021. More than 20 of these errors came from unknown sources, according to San Antonio.

    — Mini, The Summit Express

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