Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the grammar error in an English lesson on DepEd TV “should not be allowed to happen again.”
Briones explained the error occurred when the lesson was transferred and copied.
“Na-trace na namin anong nangyari sa dry run na ‘yun. Ang material galing sa aming curriculum group tapos in-input ng aming technical people. Nagkaroon doon ng error sa pag-transfer at saka pagkopya,” Briones said in a televised Palace briefing.
(We have already traced what happened in that dry run. Our technical people then inputted the material from our curriculum group. There was an error in the transfer and copying.)
“Ang original, walang error. It was the transferring to the video or the digital form na there was this typographical error, and it should not be allowed to happen again,” she added.
(The original has no error. It was the transferring to the video or the digital form that there was this typographical error, and it should not be allowed to happen again.)
The said grammar error in the Grade 8 English lesson went viral on social media. The question read, “Tagaytay City is known for wonderful picturesque of the majestic Mount Taal. What does picturesque mean?”
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Citas Aquino, the communication skills trainer who bared the error, said the sentence is “grammatically incorrect.”
Aside from the sentence, Aquino also criticized the choices of answers to the question.
“What does picturesque mean? Charming, running, ruined, perhaps. Even the choices of words do not even have any kind of connection with each other,” she said.
The DepEd chief said the dry run of broadcasting the materials has served its purpose, despite the error.
“Kaya mabuti na mayroon tayong dry run para makikita kaagad kung ano mga possible problems ang lalabas. So, nag-institute na kami ng control measures na hindi na ‘yun mauulit,” she said.
(So it is good that we have a dry run to see immediately what possible problems will arise. So, we institute control measures to ensure that will never happen again.)
Briones insisted Wednesday that the opening of classes on August 24 would push through despite appeals from different sectors and implementation of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in some areas.