Why Parents Must Be Involved?
|Teachers and parents, An introduction to computers and the internet in elementary schools, Paete, Laguna, July, 2005|
"Sometime in September 2011, K to 12 was being discussed in Mapsa EduPh (Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association) Annual Convention in Immaculate Conception Parish in Cubao, Quezon City. I was there representing my children's school's parents association, being the president. The cluster is supposed to be a group for PTAs and the topic was K to 12. There were around 200 participants. The speaker was from DepED. During the open forum, I asked who among the participants were parents, and I was surprised to see that there were less than 5 among us who were PTAs. I asked the speaker on how they consulted the parents, and the answer was through a "public hearing". I asked if there was an organized parent group who represented them. Obviously, there was none. Msgr. Gerry Santos, who was then the chair intervened and acknowledged that parents were supposed to have been asked about the program. He continued by challenging the parents to come up with their advocacy concerning the issue."What is more disturbing is an apparent response to the complaint of lack of consultation with parents. The following is a memo signed by the Quezon City PTA-Federation president and it comes with an attachment - five pages of Frequently Asked Questions regarding K to 12, which even include the following question: