DepEd vows to improve textbook quality PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 November 2010 10:25

In an effort to personally reach out to textbook crusader Mr. Antonio Calipjo-Go, Education Chief Armin Luistro went to Marian School of Quezon City today, where Go works as an academic supervisor. Luistro's objective was to discuss concerns on error-ridden books in response to Go's call for DepEd to pay attention to the issue.

"This issue should be taken seriously especially that these textbooks are the readily available source of information our students have particularly in areas where internet connection is not available," said Luistro.
Luistro narrated how the meeting went saying he is quite happy with how things turned out. "I had a very cordial meeting with Mr Go. He showed me his notes on errors in the English textbook series used currently in DepEd elementary schools. We discussed ways of correcting those via supplemental notes as these textbooks were only printed in 2008. He also volunteered to continue to help DepEd in future textbook projects. I appreciate Mr. Go's efforts to address textbook quality and I expressed my desire to work more closely with him and other independent reviewers and experts."

DepEd welcomed this positive development on improving the quality of textbooks especially now that Go committed his support to the department.

Further, Luistro emphasized that the quality of textbooks is among the ten-point education agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III. "We are one with the President. Poor quality textbooks have no place in our schools. Hence, we should not leave any room for error."

On August, the department had an orientation seminar for some 128 participants from 52 publishing companies on the preparation of manuscripts for first year high school subjects using the Understanding by Design or UbD approach. Among the aim of the event is to avoid errors and content through research thus Mr. Go was invited as one of the speakers in the orientation.

In the orientation, the department explained the more stringent textbook evaluation policy being implemented to ensure that no errors will be printed on textbooks.

Luistro noted that the department will continue to push for reforms to achieve not just the Education For All goal but more importantly, quality education for all. He considers the quality of textbooks as one of the major areas that can make the goal a reality.