DepEd: Suicide cases not linked to modules, distance learning

The Department of Education (DepEd) is asking the public to stop linking suicide cases to the remote learning implementation, including the use of learning modules.

DepEd warned Tuesday that some individuals and groups were using the alleged suicide incidents to defame and undermine the department’s efforts.

“Nais naming ipanawagan na itigil ang pagkonekta nito sa mga modyul o sa distance learning,” it said.

(We want to call for an end to its connection to modules or distance learning.)

“Binabalaan din namin ang publiko sa mga grupo o indibidwal na ginagamit ang mga nasabing insidente upang siraan at isantabi ang mga pagsisikap ng Kagawaran.”

(We also warn the public against groups or individuals who use such incidents to discredit and set aside the Department’s efforts.)

DepEd said that none of the suicide incidents were proven to be connected to distance learning based on the reports from authorities and concerned families.

The department, however, extended condolences to the families of concerned students and teachers.

“Naipaabot sa kaalaman ng DepEd ang mga pagsubok na hatid ng kasalukuyang sitwasyong mayroon tayo, kasama na rito ang malungkot na balitang may mga guro at mag-aaral ang pumanaw sa gitna ng krisis,” DepEd said.

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DepEd: Suicide cases not linked to modules, distance learning

(DepEd is aware of the challenges brought by the current situation we have, including the sad news that teachers and students have passed away in the midst of the crisis.)

DepEd added its field offices are already reaching out to the families to assist.

“Hinihiling namin sa publiko na igalang ang pribadong buhay ng pamilyang naiwan at gayundin ang pag-iwas sa mga kuro-kuro ukol sa sanhi ng pagkamatay ng kanilang kaanak,” it added.

(We ask the public to respect the bereaved family’s private life and avoid speculations about the cause of death of their relative.)

The COVID-19 threat in the country forced the department to implement distance learning through classes and learning modules.

However, due to a lack of budget and internet connection, many teachers and students struggle to adjust to the new normal of learning.