THE PARA­BLE OF THE LOST SHEEP AND THE BEN­E­FITS OF HOME VISI­TA­TION TO THE STU­DENTS

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

JELLY D. WENCESLAO

In the Gospel of Luke, Je­sus told a para­ble about a lost sheep and ask the peo­ple who are lis­ten­ing that if they have one hun­dred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t they leave the ninety-nine in the wilder­ness, and go af­ter the one that was lost, un­til they found it? When they found this lost sheep wouldn’t they carry it on their shoul­der with joy?

Nowa­days, this para­ble can be as­so­ci­ated on the re­la­tion­ship of teach­ers with their stu­dents who are al­ways ab­sent on their class, hence the teacher own­ing a flock of sheep and find­ing a lost one. One of the so­lu­tions, the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of­fers that can be done in find­ing these stu­dents is through the use of home visi­ta­tion. If a stu­dent has been ab­sent for three or more days, the teacher can visit the stu­dent’s home and in­form the par­ents or guardian of the stu­dent’s ab­sences and the rea­son be­hind it. In ad­di­tion, teach­ers will be able to know and un­der­stand the learner’s sit­u­a­tion and can guide the stu­dents on what to do to help them to con­tinue their stud­ies and to re­duce ab­sences made by the stu­dent. Aside from strength­en­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the stu­dent and the teacher, home vis­i­ta­tions also builds up the re­la­tion­ship of the teach­ers to the par­ents and to the com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery school year, there is al­ways a higher chance of hav­ing a lost sheep on one of the sec­tions but since it is the duty of the teacher to be like the man who is tak­ing good care of the flock of sheep, home visi­ta­tion can be a good so­lu­tion on find­ing the lost one and make them come back on our shoul­der with joy in study­ing and fin­ish­ing the school year.

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The au­thor is SST-I at San Pablo 2nd Na­tional High School

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