As though public school pupils and students in the Philippines were not facing enough problems with the lack of facilities and qualified teaching force, it now appears that they have to contend with lack of qualified textbooks as well.
Local government officials bought most of the defective textbooks used in public schools from publishers that have no accreditation with the Department of Education.
According to an official of the department, local officials, mostly from the provinces, received commissions for the purchase of the books. [Manila Times]
Saddest part of all is that, according to the DepEd source, local officials cannot be prevented from buying textbooks on their own since it involves local government funds.
It’s called graft and corruption. Alright, perhaps DepEd cannot do anything. But surely, the Office of the Ombudsman can. Question is, will it?