A HIDDEN NEMESIS
ABIGAIL A. MANALANSAN
The right to education is absolute by law. Every single Filipino or any citizen of this country deserves to be sent to school. A typical Filipino student now a day is usually engaged in so many things. It could be in sports, academic or simply doing trivial things inside the school. Group or solo participation and performances inside the class is such a beautiful sight.
But a silent menace is lurking along these scenarios mentioned, TRUANCY! *“Truancy is any intentional unauthorized or illegal absence from compulsory education. It is ABSENCES caused by students of their OWN FREE WILL, and usually does not refer to legitimate “excused” absences, such as ones related to medical conditions”. Truancy is usually explicitly defined in the school’s handbook of policies and procedures. Another term for truancy is playing hooky.
In layman’s term, Truancy is attending school, but NOT GOING TO CLASS or simply SKIPPING CLASS/ LESSON. Our school is not excuse on this. Every year our school guidance counselor is quite busy in listing names of late comers and absentees. Classroom advisers are even advised to pay each ABSENTEES a visit to gather necessary information from the parents/ guardians.
But this is just the first step. Surely there are many a factor for the students to fail to attend their classes. My recommendation is for the school’s master teachers to take the upper hand in discovering the REAL CULPRIT behind these absences before it’s too late. *(https:/ / en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Truancy
The author is SST I at San Pablo 2nd National High School
BABY AILEEN M. ROMERO
Formative assessment is a critical part of the learning stage. Formative assessment provides important pointer for teachers on how well learners are making development, how they may need to adjust their daily lesson plans and to concentrate on objectives that needs most attention so that the learners would surely benefit from it. Formative assessment results also provide concrete information for the learners on what they must focus on.
Formative assessment is used as basis to ensure that learners are well prepared to take the external assessments. They should have established confidence with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills of the qualification to allow them to be successful in their formal, summative end assessments.
During the learning stage, teachers are able to provide detailed and supportive results during and after formative and practice assessment that is beneficial to improve outcomes and learning. Learners are encouraged to reflect on the results to identify strong actions that will help them to improve their performance.
The author is SST III at Pampanga High School