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With Caption: Have a seat!
There are children who do not go to school because they are told they need to pay library card fees and other fees as well as lost book fees. The parents can’t afford it so the children stay out of school. Perhaps they will work in a garbage junk shop.
We went down with one of our Church children to pay a lost book fee and the teacher said she had four lost books. The child denied it. On top of that, their were no receipts given only figures added up and written on a blank piece of paper to be paid.
We investigated and found out from DepED that especially in the poor area which is Payatas, there are no fees and no charge for lost books. It seems the teachers charge these fees to make their own extra money.On the other hand, the "royalty type stance" seemed to come from the way a legal officer of DepEd responded to the complaint raised by Rev. Wilson regarding parents not given the opportunity to share and witness their children's commencement exercises. The lawyer said:
With regard to Rev. Wilson’s sentiments, it is a globally-accepted customary act to have the government officials and teachers seated in front during commencement exercises. This customary act is a manifestation of respect and due recognition to government officials who were chosen representatives of the people. As such, it is but appropriate to have them in primus as they are representing the citizenry.The phrase "globally-accepted customary act" really caught my attention so I browsed the web and found this photo of a commencement exercise of Belmont High School in the US:
|Photo downloaded from http://www.boston.com/yourtown/belmont/news/|
|2006 Commencement Ceremony, Paete Central Elementary School|
|2009 Commencement Exercise, PEQMNHS, Paete, Laguna|
|Nelda Bagabaldo as she accompanies her daughter Hiyas to her graduation|
So here we are, children having their graduation day with politicians and officials seated comfortably hoping to be caught in a photo to show everyone that they care about them while the poor parents were in the back on their tip toes trying to catch a glimpse of their children.