DepEd Clarifies Issue About Controversial ‘Igorot’ Learning Material
The Department of Education (DepEd) corrected the ‘Igorot’ learning material and clarified that they would not tolerate discrimination.
On Monday (February 8, 2021), DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio clarified that the agency would not tolerate any form of discrimination and reminded everyone to respect others.
Antonio said that they not tolerate school heads, teachers and even students when caught committing an act of discrimination. He also explained that DepEd promotes love and respect.
“We will never tolerate any form of discrimination, we promote diversity when we teach and we always remind our people to always respect and treat all human beings with dignity,” San Antonio said.
The DepEd official made the statement after the netizens urged the agency to correct the learning material that allegedly maligning Igorots. He clarified that it was a learning module but a draft of a learning activity sheet only.
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The controversial learning materials used by at least 50 students in Region 2 were not yet final. The learning sheet is asking the students to give a proper response on the question “Nakita mong tinutukso ng kaklase mo ang isang batang Igorot dahil sa kanyang anyo.”
ACT-CIS Partylist Representative Eric Yap would also ask an explanation from DepEd regarding the learning sheet, which allegedly maligning the Igorots.
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