Problems hounding K-to-12 program (Part 2): Errors in textbooks

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Besides the quantity of books, there's also the issue of their quality.

The K-to-12 program seeks to enhance the learning experience of millions of Filipino children.

But Antonio Calipjo-Go an educator has been studying DepEd textbooks for years and spotted thousands of errors. He says not much has changed.

One K-12 English book he studied, example, has more than 1,300 errors. It has words like "unexcitement" and "lakslustre." It describes a process of "DNA alternation" which should actually be "DNA alteration."

"Once we are teaching these children in black and white all of these errors, what happens?" Go says.

But the DepEd says that Go is referring to a draft which went through several revisions before being published.

In an interview with anchors of Serbisyo All Access, DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Matedo admitted the error-riddled books were used to train English teachers last April.

DepEd believes the K-to-12 program will make all graduates competitive.

This year it got a bigger budget of P367 billion to prepare for two more years of high school to be implemented in 2016.

For textbooks alone, DepEd received P3.7 billion, twice higher than last year's budget.

That amount should be enough for 70 million new K-to-12 textbooks, enough for books that are error-free and for books to be delivered on time.

But DepEd records show that issues in the procurement process have delayed the delivery of at least 15 million books for grades four and 10.

The school year has begun, and with no books, teachers were told to instead download materials from the Internet.

But CNN Philippines checked the DepEd portal for digital versions of textbooks. But most of the available materials are just lesson guides.

For Rep. Roman Romulo, chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, the K-to-12 program is a concern,

"I think they should just be honest with themselves and us," he says.

At the end of the day, he said, those who will bear the burden are public school students.

Given these problems, many can't help but ask: Is DepEd really ready for the K-to-12 program?