The Philippines Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to offer a textbook-free education. However, it is expected that the cost will be high. Nonetheless, this represents a substantial reform as the Philippines moves into a more information technology (IT)-based education mode. In a meeting by a Senate finance sub-committee chaired by Sen Edgardo J Angara, DepEd Secretary Armin F Luistro mentioned that he recently met with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials on this issue where they (USAID officials) agreed to finance a study on a possible textbook-free Philippine education setting.
He hinted that this system might begin in the next two years as the DepEd budget has a substantial IT budget. The current DepEd budget of P170.74 billion has been increased to P207.05 billion for 2011 or an increase of 18%. The DepEd has also started its goal of promoting ICT in the elementary level with 2,534 elementary schools are targeted to be given multi-media equipment.
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