The rise and fall of school enrollment PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:34

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

The increasing cost of tuition fees is one reason why public school student population has increased dramatically this school year. We have noticed that public high schools in the city registered thousands of students, many of whom transferred from the private schools. Admittedly, although private schools offer better educational facilities, and a higher standard of education with easy term tuition scheme, yet, it did not stop the exodus of high school students to government subsidized schools. The reason is obvious, the rising cost of living and “student abuse” is creating a heavy toll on many families. Even sons and daughters of parents with better income brackets, transfer their students to other private schools, because of “bullying” by some students, especially from the exclusive schools in the city. High school student bullies in the private school is the main cause of declining enrollment in some private schools but at the same time, it is also the reason of increasing student populace in some public and private schools.

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The Anti-Bullying Law is sometimes taken for granted by many private school administrations and it is a pity that well meaning students end up mischievous for their protection or suffer the consequences of trauma and stress until they graduate from the secondary grades. There is a need to review the Anti-Bullying Law by school instructors and make it a point that the sanctions of that law should be taught to all high school students and their parents.Right now, majority of private and public school students and parents may have heard about the Anti-Bullying law, but are not really abreast on the wisdom of this law. This law if explains fully well to parents and students can save the class standings of many well-meaning students and at the same enlighten the minds of the curious for adventurous students. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is now the most relevant reminder to “bullies”.

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Extra curricular school activities must be revived and the use of computers and games must be controlled and monitored. In the past, during our high school days, every high school student is required to  join a club as part of the school activities and grading. You could either join the dramatic club, school choir, glee club, dancing club, speech laboratories and sports club to name some. These activities greatly enhance the sociability and friendliness and high school students in a school becomes closely-knitted. The best part of it during those times, the dean of discipline is the most feared and respected because they “spare the rod”. For every misdemeanor a student commits, their parents are called to school to inform them of the actuation of their son or daughter in school. Yet the Anti-Bullying Law does not yet exist in those times. All schools have their own way of effective discipline regulations. Expulsion or suspension is enforced without much fanfare and connection is out of the question.

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The just implemented K to 12 system in schools maybe a boon or bane to students. If school regulations and discipline are implemented to the hilt, we foresee ideal high school graduates. If school administration oftentimes relaxes their control and disciplinary measures, we foresee more drop-outs and out of school youths in the future. The choice is with the school administrations and not the parents, because as always the school is the second home of students and they spend more time in the school more than in their homes.

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Scoop: “Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.” —  Henry Peter BrougHam: The Present State of the Law.