Not One of 130 Textbooks Submitted

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Not One of 130 Textbooks Submitted


Byline: SHIANEE MAMANGLU

The Department of Education (DepEd) has revealed that none of the 130 textbooks submitted for bidding this year passed the DepEds quality inspection.

"All social science and English textbooks submitted by different publishers have to be revised. Its either they lack coherence, are inconsistent in style or contain grammatical errors," Education Undersecretary for Finance and Management Juan Miguel M. Luz said.

According to him, the books underwent bidding before they could be distributed by DepEd to the 12 million public elementary and high school students.

But findings of the DepEd inspection team showed that all of the English textbooks contained grammatical errors while some social studies textbooks were outdated and not accurate.

Fifteen out of the 18 English textbooks in the elementary level were seen to have more than 50 grammatical errors.

Likewise, 13 English textbooks used by high schools have more than 50 grammatical errors and another six contained conceptual errors. Twenty-two out of 24 textbooks needed improvement in the accuracy of their content, said Luz.

Sibika textbooks for Grades 1 to 3 were also found to have major deficiencies since only five of the 33 books needed minor revisions. …

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