Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Schools Within

A day of visit to some of the schools in our city enabled me to see the different faces of education, at least within the city level.

It was not suppose to be a surprise to us, but it was nevertheless still appalling to see that there are still cases of students having no classrooms at all. Exposed to the roaring sounds of the vehicles on one side, the noise of the rest of the school on the other, there is literally no shield from distractions. On one case I saw a teacher chose to give her students an assignment instead just to finish the class already in disarray. I was asked to speak to a class placed at the school stage for the announcement of our activity, and I knew already the moment I starting speaking that it was no joke speaking in such an open place. There were teachers I know in some of the schools but I could see that they are already used to this and I feel that they have already fathomed the intricate issues of this scarcity of the most important things in the education sector.

Then there is the instance where we saw an educator strongly firm in her belief that education should not be expensive. Indirectly, she said to us that UP education is still a very strong motivation for students to take the UPCAT but with the large chunk of value (read money) added to the tuition fee, many of students opted not to take UPCAT anymore. There is a flaw in what she said because I could feel that she was actually saying that it is better to stay in their school (their school has a college actually). I don’t think that the high tuition fee in UP prevents ANY fourth year high school student to take the exam. It is only actually on a personal level; it is you who will decide if you are eager to enter UP. That school may have offered as big as 70% discount for their students just to pursue higher education there. But no amount of discount from any school would equate to what UP could offer to its aspiring students. It must go without saying that indeed there is a big difference if one would pursue education in UP. (The problems within UP as an institution is of course another thing).

There are still a number of things we were able to observe in our school trips – from the idiosyncrasies of the teachers and principals, to the behavior (both annoying and worth taking notice) of the students – but I think the principal ones are those I mentioned above.

Resting later in my house and talking to a teacher of these observations, I realized again (perhaps stronger this time) how noble (and I say noble) indeed a job of a teacher is. Because whatever motives a teacher has in entering the teaching force, there is always an element of service in their work. They are already taking part in that very important work in the community, and that is to help strengthening one of the keys to our growth and development both as individual and as a nation – to educate the people.

(More than thrice on that day of school trips I thought of pursuing a career in teaching, hehe.)

1 comment:

Maestro JheYzeE said...

dreaming of pursuing a career in teaching???

go for it... live for it...

anyone can be a teacher...

DREAM...BELIEVE... SURVIVE the challenges of becoming a teacher!