DepEd violated the law for printing self-learning modules
Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta said the Department of Education violated the law for printing self-learning modules used in distance learning.
Marcoleta emphasized that this is a “clear circumvention” of Republic Act 8047 or the Book Publishing Industry Development Act.
“In the audit report, COA (Commission on Audit) found that the DepEd, in producing the learning materials, clearly circumvented Section 10 and 11 of Republic Act 8047,” Marcoleta said.
According to Marcoleta the law “advises DepEd to phase out its responsibility of producing books and learning materials and to let public sector publishers do the job.”
He added the law orders DepEd to focus on curriculum development and refrain from producing books. But, the agency continued to do so.
“‘There is a continuing violation…” he said.
“‘Yung NBDB (National Book Development Board), siya po ang dapat gumagawa ng mga libro at mga learning materials pero hanggang ngayon ay sila pa rin po ang nagpipilit na gumawa,” he added.
Marcoleta said DepEd believes modules are not considered books.
“The COA also found out that modules and books are similarly situated,” he said.
“Kahit na sabihin nila that the modules are 30 pages or below… kasi ang definition ng textbook under the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), kailangan 42 pages ‘yan, but just the same, gumawa rin sila ng learning materials and they called it self-learning materials,” he added.