The Department of Education (DepEd) apologized for yet another controversial module for distance learning on Friday, November 13.
They have apologized for a teaching material that went viral for body-shaming Angel Locsin.
The viral photo of the music, arts, physical education, and health (MAPEH) module was from DepEd-Occidental Mindoro.
The situation in the module states:
“Angel Locsin is an obese person. She, together with Coco Martin, eats fatty and sweet food in Mang Inasal fast food restaurant most of the time. In her house, she always watching television (sic) and does not have any physical activities.”
The module then asks students what could possibly happen to Angel Locsin if she “continues her lifestyle.”
According to a report, the teacher belongs to the Abra de Ilog National High School in Occidental Mindoro.
“We would like to express our sincerest apology to the concerned individuals who may have been offended or harmed by this incident,” Capa said. “The Department of Education does not tolerate nor condone any act of body shaming, ad hominem or any similar act of buIIying both in the physical and virtual environments.”
The statement, released on Friday evening, November 13, said that assessment of the learning materials is the “primordial responsibility of the teacher.”
The school’s division said they communicated with the male teacher concerned. They affirmed their commitment to “provide quality education to all learners.”
The incident involving the actress is the latest in a string of mishaps in educational modules from the DepEd. In other instances, citizens have spotted grammar mistakes in English questions, and wrong solutions in math problems. There were also modules that reinforced gender stereotypes.
DepEd said as it appealed to the public to “spare” the teacher from attacks as “this single mistake will not define him as a person.”