HOW unfortunate that the very popular learning modality of the Department of Education has been accused of taking the lives of innocent learners.
For the agency, the allegation that modules can induce young minds to commit suicide is unfair, unthinkable and unfounded.
According to police reports, parents confirmed the victim had difficulty answering the modules. Assuming that the report was accurate it is a situation that could have been acted upon by parents and teachers had the student asked for help.
Even if the modules are designed for self-learning for independent learners it doesn’t mean assistance is not necessary. Module learning encourages and supports collaborative learning. Collaborative learning is a situation in which two or more people learn or attempt to learn something together. That means parents and teachers can help the learners and provide assistance. For teachers it can be through a call, text messaging, video chat, para-teachers or home visit if the situation allows.
Suicide is definitely not the answer in coping with the modular learning difficulty. Learners can call a friend, parent, or teacher for help. Grade school learners and adolescent minors need parental attention and guidance. If parents are busy at work learners can work at their own time and pacing. No pressure! No strict deadline!
Suicide is a worldwide issue before and during the lockdown. Its main causes vary differently from mental depression, psycho-disorder to the feeling of hopelessness, among others.
To attribute three suicide cases in Region 7 to modular learning is a serious allegation. Hence, further investigation and study should be conducted by authorities and the agency.
There is no single factor to consider for individuals to commit suicide. In most cases, multiple issues compounded within the person can trigger it. Perhaps the modules had contributed something. However, these cannot be the main culprits because the possibility is not farfetched that the modules were in the right place at the wrong time.