Science textbooks in DepEd grounds destroyed by termites
Pasig, Philippines –
An unlikely scene caught media attention at the parking lot of the Department of Education (DepEd) compound in Pasig City last Monday. Hundreds of “Science and Health” and chemistry textbooks destoyed by termites were scattered on the ground. This despite the request of DepEd for funds for additional textbooks to reach their goal of 1:1 student-textbook ratio in public elementary and high schools.
Education Secretary Jesli Lapus was the most surprised and immediately ordered an investigation to find out who is accountable for the said materials.
This is a disturbing event which, if happens again, will surely undermine the credibility of the department. It is a waste of taxpayers’ money and is absolutely unacceptable. These educational materials should be used to feed the students’ mind and not the termites. Education officials, above all, should be role models and should inspire people in valuing education and all things attached to its cultivation.