DepEd Davao Norte discourages students to use 'jejemon' texting

June 3, 2010 10:58 am 

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, June 3 – Education heads in this province are discouraging students to use “jejemon” style of communicating in sending messages through text.

Department of Education (DepEd) Davao del Norte Division Superintendent Dr. Aurora 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.

She said as DepEd rules no policy on “jejemon”, local education heads here differ in their stand on the current texting fad practiced by the youth.

Meanwhile, DepEd Tagum City Division Superintendent Nenita Lumaad 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. (PNA) FFC/FLL/lvp

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