MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has warned those who sell modules and learning materials that are supposed to be free of charge.
This, after DepEd discovered several online sellers offering printed materials on different subject areas.
“These people are using free learning materials from DepEd, and are shamelessly selling it online,” said Undersecretary Alain Pascua.
DepEd also received reports that copies of the department’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) are being sold through YouTube subscriptions.
Usec. Pascua warned teachers and parents to be wary of learning materials being sold online as ‘authorized’ or ‘official’ DepEd MELCs, Workbooks or Worksheets, and DepEd Commons materials.
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, DepEd has had to resort to alternative learning modes in lieu of traditional face-to-face learning.
Thus, the department launched DepEd Commons (commons.deped.gov.ph), an online learning resource portal where teachers and learners can access training demos, exercises, quizzes, and e-books.
“All DepEd authorized and quality-assured materials are free, and they will be uploaded once finalized at the DepEd Commons where access and downloading will also be free. If they are being sold at this time, most probably these are still drafts,” Pascua said.
“All DepEd Webinars are free! We do not charge anything for these online trainings. If webinar organizers are charging participation fees, then these are neither sanctioned nor authorized by DepEd,” Pascua added warning groups and individuals who are charging fees for webinars conducted by DepEd, through its Educational Technology Unit (EdTech Unit).
DepEd Employees, either Teaching or Non-Teaching, will be charged the appropriate administrative or criminal charges once they are proven to be involved in the illegal sale of learning materials and charging fees for free materials and training.
“We are working non-stop – to create, check, and curate all our content to make it more accessible to everyone, only for these people to use it for their own gain. We are warning these individuals that DepEd will prosecute you,” Pascua added.
Pascua said they have dispatched Field Coordinators who are keeping in touch with the DepEd’s legal department for any legal action against those committing such illegal acts.
DepEd may be reached for complaints and reports through its email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the following contact numbers:
- 0919-456-0027 (Smart)
- 0995-921-8461 (Globe)
- 8636-1663 8638-7530
- 8636-1942 8638-7529
- 8634-0222 8638-7531
- 8638-8641 8635-9817
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