DepEd warns vs emails offering outdated, unaccredited learning materials

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2020 12:55 PM

MANILA – The Department of Education on Wednesday warned the public of emails offering outdated and unauthorized learning materials.

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua said the DepEd received reports of “chain emails” containing links to learning materials, which claim to be from the agency or its online platform, the DepEd Commons.

“Do not be hoodwinked by these emails purporting to be helping for a cause but are in fact misleading,” Pascua said in a statement.

One email wrote: “If you have a yaya, driver, guard, gardener, or any staff member with children attending public schools, please take a load off their and their teachers’ backs by printing the workbooks of their kids for them.”

The message is followed by links to unsecured websites that contain the learning materials, according to Pascua.

“Upon review, the materials do not conform to DepEd’s Most Essential Learning Competencies,” said Pascua.

Learning competencies refer to the knowledge and skills that students need to demonstrate in every lesson or learning activity.

All authorized and quality-assured materials are free and will be uploaded to the DepEd Commons.

Pascua added that the DepEd would take legal action against those responsible for the chain emails once they are identified and located.

Earlier, the agency warned against the illegal online selling of its free learning materials, and groups and individuals charging fees for supposedly free webinars.