Antonio Calipjo Go, a columnist of Philippine Daily Inquirer, wrote an article regarding a textbook of the Department of Education titled Science Learner’s Material for Grade 4. The purpose of the article is to get the attention of the concern department as to why such book with so many errors is being used nationwide.
“Currently used by Grade 4 pupils studying in public elementary schools nationwide, this 318-page textbook contains 775 errors ranging from conceptual, pedagogical, logical and grammatical errors to errors having to do with simple drawings and illustrations,” Go wrote.
“That a mere grade-school-level textbook could have so many errors – an average of 2.4 errors per page – speaks volumes about the real state of the Philippine public school system,” Go added.
That is correct. The book has 2.4 errors per page! But you know what’s crazier? The said book was “collaboratively developed” by 14 writers, 2 consultants, 3 illustrators, 1 layout artist, and 1 anchorperson and 2 “managers” from the Bureau of Elementary Education, Coconuts Manila reported.
To top it all off, the book was printed by Lexicon Press Inc. at a cost of PHP82 million.
Below are some of the errors found in the book written the Philippine Daily Inquirer: