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Davao DepEd chiefs differ on jejemon phenomenon

By Jeane Duron-Abangan

Tagum City (1 June) -- As the Department of Education (DepEd) rules no policy on "jejemon", local education heads differ in their stand on the current texting fad practiced by the youth.

Guesting in Kapihan sa Kapitolyo, Department of Education (DepEd) Davao del Norte Division superintendent Dr. Aurora Cobero discouraged the use of jejemon style of communicating even in sending message through text.

Dr. Cobero pointed out that such manner of texting deteriorates the spelling ability of students, and in a way downgrades their reading capacity.

"It will not in any way help them become good readers," she said.

Meanwhile, DepEd Tagum City Division Superintendents Nenita Lumaad in the same forum agreed that jejemon style is a threat to spelling and reading ability of pupils and students.

However, she said short-cutting words can be applied in sending messages through text but this should not be accepted in formal writing.

"We are not accepting text messages in the class," she said.

With jejomon texting becoming a fad, Lumaad saw a challenge for teachers to draw the line which way of communicating especially in writing should only be allowed in the class.

The Web Urban Dictionary says that jejemons "are individuals with low IQ who spread around their idiocy on the web by tYpFing LyK diZs", usually seen around social networking sites such as Friendster and Multiply.

Though jejemon distorts the use of English language and spelling DepEd Secretary Mona Valisno is not inclined in banning such practice among students.

She, however, called on teachers to inculcate proper values, including communication skills on the young as these are necessary for them in high school and even college.

"We want to maintain our dominance in communication skills, which has made our country very attractive to investors in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector because our people have very good communication skills and are easily trainable."

"But I will not go to the extent of banning it in elementary schools or high schools. I am just urging the teachers to ensure that proper communication skills and values are continuously imparted to the students. We do not need to issue a memorandum or impose penalty for such practice." Valisno stressed.

She also encouraged students to text "text in the correct way, correct construction of sentence, correct English, grammar and spelling because they would need this practice in their higher years." (PIA) [top]

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