Schools mov­ing up cer­e­mony - is it es­sen­tial?

Sun.Star Baguio - - Speak Out -

THE K-12 pro­gram pro­vides two grad­u­a­tion rites, one after grade six and an­other after com­ple­tion of Se­nior High School. Like­wise, there are also two mov­ing up cer­e­monies, one in kin­der­garten and in grade ten. Both cer­e­monies fo­cus on the theme “Mag-aaral ng K to 12: Handa sa Ha­mon ng Buhay” or trans­lated in English “K to 12 Learn­ers: Ready to Face Life’s Chal­lenges”. This theme can be trans­lated in mother tongue de­pend­ing on ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions. Rel­e­vant to these cer­e­monies are the ob­ser­vance of aus­ter­ity mea­sures specif­i­cally re­gard­ing fees, politi­cians as guest speak­ers, year­books, field trips, grad­u­a­tion din­ners among oth­ers. Ex­cept in pri­vate schools as long as par­ents can af­ford it.

Grad­u­a­tion rites in pub­lic schools should be sim­ple but mean­ing­ful. It must be a pro­gram that en­cour­ages the ex­er­cise of civil rights in the spirit of com­mu­nity ser­vice, and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Deped said that the rites mark a mile­stone in the life of the learn­ers, how­ever it should be con­ducted with­out ex­ces­sive spend­ing, ex­trav­a­gant at­tire, or ex­tra­or­di­nary venue.

In the same rea­son­ing of such aus­ter­ity mea­sures, comes the ques­tion whether “mov­ing up cer­e­monies” are es­sen­tial. Mov­ing up cer­e­mony does not mean the com­ple­tion of the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum. As an ex­am­ple fin­ish­ing ju­nior high school does not qual­ify one to en­ter col­lege, hence the ju­nior mov­ing up cer­e­mony will only mean ex­penses. Not only on the part of the par­ents but there are also un­seen ex­penses such as time, money and ef­fort ex­erted by their teach­ers dur­ing prac­tices in the cer­e­mony. Not­with­stand­ing, the ex­penses on cloth­ing, make up and travel.

To re­ally de­fray un­nec­es­sary ex­penses, there should only be one grad­u­a­tion rites to be ob­served. This is only after fin­ish­ing Se­nior High School and that there shall ex­ist a recog­ni­tion rite for each k 12 pro­gram for out­stand­ing stu­dents who ex­celled in aca­demics and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. Lau­rence E. De Los San­tos

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