Nanay-Teacher Training Camp may serve as a remedy to the dropout rate among students attending public elementary schools in Valenzuela City, according to Division of City Schools Valenzuela or DCS-V head.
Dr. Wilfredo Cabral, DCS-V Superintendent, said the parenting camp will decrease the number of students leaving schools as it will remind parents about the right of children to complete and proper education.
“Kahit dumarami ang nag-eenroll, consistent pa rin ‘yung rate ng umaalis sa paraalan sa Valenzuela. Maganda naman ang mga posilidad sa Valenzuela kaya ang kulang na lang para pumasok ang mga bata ay mas matinding suporta sa magulang,” Cabral explained.
“Kaya dito Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp, magiging puspusan ang pagpapaalala sa magulang sa obligation nilang paaralin ang mga anak nila dahil karapatan ng bawa’t bata na matuto,” he said.
Florita Matic, principal of Caruhatan West Elementary School, explained that student dropout starts out from symptoms of repeated tardiness and absenteeism.
Through the parenting seminars, Matic said the teachers can help parents address these symptoms as it will open an avenue where parents can be informed about the child’s progress in school.
“Nakikita ko kasi sa mga nag-drop out, sila ‘yung parating late or absent sa eskwelahan kasi nagbubulakbol, tapos ang grades nila bumababa kaya sa huli bumibigay na lang ang magulang at pinapahinto na ‘yung anak nila,” Matic said.
“Kung sasama sila sa parenting camp, mas magiging consistent pa ang ugnayan ng titser at magulang para ‘yung mga kaso ng pagbubulakbol ay matutukan agad habang hindi pa lumalala para mabawasan din ang umaalis sa school,” she added.
Based on the DCS Valenzuela data, there is already an increasing enrollment trend in pre-school and elementary in Valenzuela City as it almost doubled from 2006 to 2013 because of continuous school construction and equipment procurement.
However, it also showed that two to three percent or an average of 157 pupils of Grade 2 to Grade 6 students leave school within the six-year elementary education cycle from 2006 to 2013.