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  • DepEd Says 'Online Kopyahan' Promotes 'Laziness, Irresponsibility, Instant Gratification'

    While the modules are not graded, the agency still “denounces any form of academic dishonesty.”
    by Darlene Estandarte .
DepEd Says 'Online Kopyahan' Promotes 'Laziness, Irresponsibility, Instant Gratification'
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  • The Department of Education (DepEd) has released its official statement on the issue of ‘Online Kopyahan,’ a Facebook group created March 2021, which teachers said encourages students to cheat.

    The public Facebook group has more than 670,000 members as of this writing. Most of its posts contain answers to DepEd self-learning modules (SLMs) used in public schools. It covers different subjects and grade levels.

    In the statement posted on their official Facebook page, DepEd says their agency “denounces any form of academic dishonesty” and  “does not tolerate the perpetuation of cheating regardless of the learning delivery modality.”

    “We have already sought the assistance of social media companies to ban these groups and prevent similar attempts of academic dishonesty that promote laziness, irresponsibility, and instant gratification,” DepEd said.

    The agency also explained that although the activities of the SLMs are not graded, the modules were designed so that learners may keep track of their progress. It encourages students to show their capabilities “without feeling obligated to always get it (the answers) right.”

    “Mistakes are understandable in the learning process, and the learner’s capacity to learn from them while striving for excellence is vital to their holistic development,” DepEd added. 

    The Department also asked help from parents, teachers, and learners to do their part in eradicating online cheating that threatens the development of values and morality of the youth.

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    Netizens react to Online Kopyahan

    In the comments section, parents and others concerned about the issue expressed their opinion. Most of the comments were comparisons of academic learning from their generation to the present and how students are always susceptible to cheating.

    “That’s the effect of having modular [learning], students never give importance sa kanilang pag-aaral. Marami ang hindi natututo kaysa sa natututo,” read one comment.

    One student appealed for face-to-face classes, mentioning the difficulties of using modules and learning at home. “Wala po kaming natutunan, madami kaming distractions. Kasabay pa ‘yung mga aabala sa amin na gawain sa bahay,” the student shared, adding that both teachers and students suffer in this setup.

    Another person commented that it is also the parents' responsibility to empower their children not to cheat. “No student will resort to cheating if they have confidence in themselves. We will remind students that it is okay to commit mistakes as long as they have learned from it,” read the comment.

    The person added that for this generation of learners, education is viewed as a “form of survival” and not the real essence of it which is “to learn.” They added that we have built a mindset that education is about passing or failing, and not learning.

    Teachers take action

    Bagbaguin National High School is one of the schools taking action after discovering the Facebook group. In an article by Reportr, it has already warned its students against joining the group, saying they will be reprimanded for their actions. 

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    Teacher Roma Amor Donato, a Grade 7 English and Media Arts teacher shared that she shifted to subjective exams like reflection papers and portfolio-based assessments so that her students could avoid sharing or looking for answers online.

    School officials also appealed to parents to guide their kids learning at home, since institutions have limited capacities to monitor every learner.

    “Submitting just for the sake of complying to the subject isn't learning at all...Cheating in all forms is still cheating regardless of the situation even pandemic. At the end of the day, nothing worth having comes easy. If you are looking for success without hard work, you are trying to harvest what you never planted,”  she told students.

    Additional text by Kitty Elicay

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