It is a must for every learner to have a complete set of textbooks free from errors. This ideal ratio is not impossible to achieve if only the Department of Education (Deped) was able to distribute the 'unreleased textbooks' discovered as erroneous by the Commission on Audit (COA).
According to COA's report, P254.253 million worth of unutilized instructional materials were procured as buffer stock from 2014 up to 2017 approved by Former Education Secretary Armin Luistro. In 2018, some 3.4 million copies intended for public schools nationwide remained undistributed and idle until now in five DepEd warehouses.
COA also found an alarming P113 million worth of Deped's learning materials for Grade 3 pupils which include those for Araling panlipunan, Science and English, were filled with errors despite the three-step review process of the department.
Lack of textbooks has been one of the problems that many students and teachers of Alapan I Elementary Schools are currently facing. The ideal one to one ratio has never been achieved yet due to limited supplies of textbooks.
"Bukod sa kulang ang supplies ng learning materials, andami ding mali sa texts, grammar at critical information. Nalilito tuloy ang mga students pati na teachers, nakakabahala", said a Grade 3 Teacher, Janice Gealone in an interview to evaluate the impact of these errors and deficiencies on educators and learners. Moreso, due to poor quality of the existing learning materials, teachers have opted to use supplemental resources, such as books from private schools and internet-sourced materials.
"Gaya sa amin sa Grade 6, wala talaga kaming Textbooks kasi wala pang dumarating na supply, nagreresearch nalang kami. Ang hirap sa part ng bata kasi wala sila maireview na books eh lalo na during exams," said Ellaine Rosales, a Grade 6 Teacher. As books are the foundation of knowledge, there must be no room for errors that will create permanent confusions to both learners and educators thus these unreleased textbooks and error lapses are undoubtedly horrifying. An immediate action to evaluate and correct errors in the learning materials currently circulating in public schools must be prioritized by the department. Deped must also strengthen the process of review and evaluation of instructional materials before publication to ensure the distribution of Horror-free textbooks to students.
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