MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said it would take legal action against those illegally selling its free learning materials online.
In a statement, Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua said the agency has received reports of online sellers offering its free modules and learning materials.
This, as students girded for alternative learning modes in the school year set to start in August, as the coronavirus risk remains and physical classes are expected to be deferred.
“These people are using free learning materials from DepEd and are shamelessly selling it online,” Pascua said.
He told the public to be wary of educational materials being sold as “authorized” and “official.” These include most essential learning competencies, and workbooks or worksheets.
Learning materials can be accessed for free through the agency’s online learning platform, the DepEd Commons, which has so far logged 7 million subscribers.
“All DepEd authorized and quality-assured materials are for free and they will be uploaded once finalized at the DepEd Commons… If they are being sold at this time, most probably these are still drafts,” Pascua said.
The education official also warned the public, especially teachers, against groups and individuals charging fees for supposedly free webinars conducted by the DepEd.
“If webinar organizers are charging participation fees, then these are neither sanctioned nor authorized by DepEd,” Pascua said.
“We are in talks with our legal department for any legal action we can take on these erring groups and individuals,” he added.