Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua warns the public against ‘sagot for sale’ schemes in his visit to Negros Oriental over the weekend.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has warned the public against the “answers for sale” or “sagot for sale” scheme for learning modules given by public schools in the country.

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua, who visited Negros Oriental over the weekend, said he had not heard of the scheme, which he described as “cheating.”

“We have to verify this if there is such a scheme,” he told reporters. 

No such scheme has been reported in the entire Central Visayas, said Deped Regional Director Salustiano Jimenez. 

Pascua clarified that the purpose of the learning modules was not to answer everything but for the “children to learn all the lessons.”

“Based on the answers, we would know if they understood,” he said. “This is cheating if you are buying answers and you have no answers.”

Pascua asked parents, teachers, government officials to work together to put a stop to such schemes that undermine the future of the students.

“It should be reported to the police and (those responsible) should be arrested,” the undersecretary said.

Early this Month, the Teachers Dignity Coalition reported that parents were hiring people online to answer their children’s learning modules.

The Senate basic education committee headed by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian asked the DepEd to investigate the scheme and warned parents that hiring someone else to answer modules would compromise their children’s development.

The education department said that only less than 1 percent of the 14 million public school students in the country failed in the first quarter of the school year.  Ryan Sorote