Poor schoolers not ready PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:06

By IRENE E. ALABATA

Generally children want to enroll in a formal education upon reaching the proper age, but many of them cannot do so due to some hindrances that are prevalent in far flung barangays.

Based on the studies made on selected Grade 1 pupils of the Curuan Central School, it was learned that the lowly socio-economic status of the parents prevented them from enrolling in the primary grade at the age of seven. It would even be hopeless when the family has many children and the parents have not reached or finished high school,

Ages from 7 to 14, the respondents are residing in Curuan proper and nearby sitios, about 50 kilometers from the city proper. Evidently most of them are over age, yet they are not mentally ready for formal education.

In the interviews, it was gathered that the parents are mostly farmers, fisherfolks, vendors, drivers and others with  meager means of living. With the daily meals as their priority, the chances of the children to be ready for formal education seem to be nil. Many of them would have wanted to start formal education at seven, but due to financial difficulties, they have to set aside education for the sustenance of the family. In a bigger family, one or two siblings have to forego their studies so others can go on. Anyway, there’s no need for one to be well-educated in the farm, a hypothetical conjecture, as if resigning to their fate.

Low educational attainment and illiteracy of parents contribute greatly to the delay in the children’s readiness for formal education. Perhaps, they are not aware of or refuse to see the advantage in providing their children with quality education.

Worst, the inferiority complex in them that the poor has no chance to attain higher education.

The studies revealed that Grade 1 pupils with different ages and socio-economic status have significant difference in their readiness for formal education. Likewise, the socio-economic status of parents greatly affects the readiness of their children for formal education starting the first grade.

While, the Department of Education has launched several programs to upgrade the educational system purposely to solve major problems such as unqualified and poorly trained teachers, inadequate learning facilities and lack of instructional materials, the government is called upon to provide indigent families with livelihood projects in depressed barangays, enforce an effective population control program and strictly implement the pre-schooling requirement in all primary schools with sustained supplemental feeding and nutrition programs.