Friday, September 14, 2012

Non Education Field Trip is it a Yay or Nay?

This is in relation to the recent tragic which involves the death of 2 international students during a field trip.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said, "Ang mga ganyang lugar, sa kasawiang palad, itong nangyari ay 'di ine-ecourage ng DepEd. Kaya pinag-aaralan namin kung dapat ipag-patuloy pa ang mga ganitong non-educational activities."

The Department of Education (DepEd) is actually studying the possibility of banning schools from conducting outdoor field trips to prevent accidents. - I agree!

As per the tragedy, the two victims who died are ages 14 and 13 they drown at a waterfall in Bataan during their field trip. They came all the way from Cebu.

My stand, I think DepEd should ban schools from having non-educational field trips. Swimming and alike is not educational. It's also a big responsibility for the part of the school to put up events like this. Accidents are unpredictable and so we must do everything to prevent it from happening.

I want to share an example. Last month my daughter had their field trip. We live in Las Pinas and their field trip was in Ilocos Sur. From our place that's too far. Travel time is more than 9 hours. Imagine how far that is. They are to stay there for 3 days. My hubby and I didn't allow our daughter to join the field trip. She is not mad, in fact she understands and most of her friends didn't join either.

I do my part as a parent to take care of my child. I followed my instinct. I am not amenable to activities like this. If the field trip is local yes I will allow my child to join. If the field trip is that far, no thank you.

We always have a choice. I just do hope that schools review their field trips and the places they want to bring their students.

I know they are only for the best intentions of the students but please stick to Educational Trips only!


1 comment:

joiz said...

I know of an educational field trip made by an elementary school up north (somewhere in Ilocos) here in Manila. The trip was such a failure because they failed to make the necessary bookings to certain places they were scheduled to go to. They were also not prepared for an overnight stay and ended up sleeping in the bus. Imagine the frustration this caused to the parents and the kids? Field trips should be carefully planned and evaluated by the school and parents. Safety of the students even the faculty/parents joining it should be the top priority.