EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro yesterday assured textbook crusader
Antonio Calipjo-Go that error-filled textbooks will be a thing of the
past as the department is set to implement a stringent textbook
Luistro met Go at his office at the Marian School in Quezon City where he is the academic supervisor.
"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."
Among the measures which the DepEd will implement is a much
more strict screening process, including subjecting textbooks to
examinations to ensure that error-ridden textbooks will not get to
Textbook evaluators will also have to undergo testing at the National Education Testing and Research Center.
DepEd is also looking at uploading the manuscripts of the textbooks in the Internet to get the ideas and inputs of experts.
Go has made improving education his advocacy. He said he has
spent more than P1 million out of his own pocket to publish the blunders
he had found in the DepEd textbooks.
He made it his personal crusade to look for errors in textbooks
in 1999 when he discovered 950 factual errors and 550 typographical
errors in fourth year textbook Sonia Zaide’s "Kasaysayan ng Daigdig."
On Sept. 20, 2004, Go, in a newspaper advertisement, asserted
that the 316-page "Asya: Noon, Ngayon at sa Hinaharap," approved by
Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), had 431 errors.
On Sept. 27, DECS worked with 22 historians and evaluators to "reword" or "rewrite" entire chapters in the book.
On Nov. 16, the National Book Development Board (NDBB), the
government agency that oversees the book industry, recommended that
Vibal Publishing pull out "Asya: Heograpiya, Kasaysayan at Kultura" from
Source: www.malaya.com.ph, Ashzel Hachero 11-08-2010