PAR­ENTS SHOULD NOT ‘IN­SIST’ ON KIDS’ READI­NESS FOR SCHOOL

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - JEN­NIFER A. GUINTU

This is a fact: par­ents usu­ally in­sist that their chil­dren are ready for school, even if they are not of age yet. We un­der­stand that they are quite ex­cited to send their kids off to school at an early age, but this is not en­cour­aged.

The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is­sued the “Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion En­roll­ment Pol­icy” or DO No. 3 s. of 2018 which states that only “chil­dren aged five years old by Au­gust 31 of the school year they will en­roll in” are el­i­gi­ble to en­roll in Kinder­garten.

De­spite this, par­ents, over the years, have con­tin­ued to in­sist on the school readi­ness of their chil­dren re­gard­less of the age re­quire­ment set by DepEd.

There is a rea­son why the DepEd had set an age re­quire­ment. School readi­ness does not de­pend alone on the skills of a child, but her emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal readi­ness to be part of a class, deal with other chil­dren, and the teacher.

A child may show signs of ad­vance­ment when it comes to skills, like write his or her name, but he or she may not be ready emo­tion­ally or psy­cho­log­i­cally.

This is the rea­son why this com­ing school year, DepEd will be more strict with the com­pli­ance of age re­quire­ments for par­tic­u­lar grade lev­els prior to en­roll­ment in both pub­lic and pri­vate schools.

The DepEd is urg­ing par­ents to com­ply with the ex­ist­ing pol­icy and not give in to “pres­sure” to en­rol their kids who are not of age yet. There is a need to reg­u­late this prac­tice, rea­son why the DepEd will op­er­ate by the rule of ex­emp­tion.

Par­ents should not in­sist that DepEd’s rule does not ap­ply to their “gifted” or “spe­cial” chil­dren. Guar­an­teed, DepEd will def­i­nitely “set its foot down” when it comes to age cut off and el­i­gi­bil­ity of in­com­ing learn­ers.

In its ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, DepEd cited that for Grade 1, only “chil­dren who have com­pleted Kinder­garten pro­grams in DepEd ac­cred­ited schools and cen­ters” and those who are “six years old and above by Au­gust 21 of the school year they will en­roll in” are el­i­gi­ble.

In­com­ing Grade 7 stu­dents should be Grade 6 grad­u­ates or a passer of Philip­pine Ed­u­ca­tion and Place­ment Test (PETP) or Ac­cred­i­ta­tion and Equiv­a­lency Test of the Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing Sys­tem (ALS) and for Grade 11, they should be Grade 10 com­pleters and also a passer PETP or ALS A&E.

--oOo— The author is Master Teacher I at Ti­na­jero El­e­men­tary School, Madap­dap, Ma­bal­a­cat City

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