Thursday, July 13, 2006

Rainy days and truancy

Has anyone else noticed that whenever Education officials attempt to become proactive by cancelling classes very early on (like the night before), the expected downpour and flooding do not happen? It is as if nature wants to teach these people some lesson. So today was actually perfect for a school day - overcast but without rain - the kind of day I loved when I was still in grade school because it meant we could actually play in the school yard without getting all sweaty and sunburned. But too bad, classes were cancelled last night.

I do not blame Education officials for their continuing tendency to jump the gun. Our problem is that we do not have in place an effective early warning device - some system that works in announcing the suspension of classes early on in the day when students are not yet out in the streets or worse, when students are not yet in school. Alas, I know parents do raise a howl in this country when they have to pick up kids barely an hour since they deposited them at the schoolgates. So rather than be at the receiving end of parents' ire, they would rather sacrifice a day's lessons. What difference does it make if our kids miss another day's worth of learning, they are lagging behind compared to othjer anyway.

And now, everyone seems to have gotten into the act. Government employees expect to be sent home at the earliest sign of a heavy downpour. And naturally, employees of private companies followed suit . Yesterday, the Human Resource email groups was buzzing with HR managers taking a poll on which companies have sent home employees and at what time.

Sometimes it does strike me medyo may katamaran din naman tayong mga pinoy paminsan-minsan.

2 comments:

Jego said...

Dont worry about kids missing a day or two of school. Usually they have make-up classes on Saturdays. I just hope we dont run out of Saturdays.

Government employees expect to be sent home at the earliest sign of a heavy downpour. And naturally, employees of private companies followed suit . Yesterday, the Human Resource email groups was buzzing with HR managers taking a poll on which companies have sent home employees and at what time.

From what I gather from this post in the Village Idiot Savant blog, it's worse in Dumaguete.

BongA said...

yun na nga ang problema jego eh kasi hahaba ang school year. magbabayad na naman kami ng araw...at iiksi ang bakasyon namin. hehehe.

bong