The Department of Education (DepEd) disowned yet another controversial learning module that discourages students from participating in peaceful assemblies or protests, reiterating that the material did not pass the conformance review of the Central Office’s Curriculum and Instruction strand.

“We would like to clarify that a certain learning module that has gone viral on social media creating an impression that the Department discourages students from joining peaceful assemblies is not part of DepEd’s curriculum resources,” DepEd said.

The agency maintained that it remains as an institution which “upholds our Constitution and believes in the principle of freedom of speech and expression.”

On October 17, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed concern that a module on Media and Information Literacy supposedly issued by DepEd discourages children from participating in peaceful assemblies such as rallies.

Last week, a netizen posted photos of the material in question showing: “If given the chance, will you join this rally? Why or why not?” In the corresponding key answer, the correct answer that was given was: “No, because the government has really been doing their best for all the Filipino people and their constituents.”

CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia pointed out that “while respect for the law is a good value to teach, it is equally important to develop among our children critical thinking” – especially on issues that affect them.

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