THE proposed setting up of more “night schools” is a welcome development in the government’s campaign to address the increasing number of school dropouts not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.
Based on official records of the Department of Education (DepEd), there are 4.8 million out-of-school youth (OSY) in the country, who are mostly sons and daughters of impoverished families.
This prompted Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas to file a bill which seeks to institutionalize the opening of night shift classes using existing secondary and elementary school facilities.
According to House Bill (HB) No. 1825, “night school” is one system that can address the increasing number of dropouts among secondary students, particularly in public schools.
“While the government has implemented numerous programs to make education more accessible to the youth, more programs need to be done to ensure that Filipino students complete their basic education,” said Vargas.
Although basic education is free in public secondary and elementary schools, a teacher said that “hindi pa rin makapag-aral ang anak ng mga mahihirap dahil walang pamasahe at pambili ng gamit sa paaralan.”
It is public knowledge that more and more Filipino students, especially those coming from poor families, are encouraged or even forced by their parents to look for jobs because of financial problems.
Under the proposed legislation, concerned government authorities should establish at least one night high school in every district using existing secondary and elementary school facilities.
Having evening classes offers a viable option for poor high school students to continue their studies while helping their parents earn a living during daytime, said Vargas.
For the sake of our poor students and parents, we call on members of Congress -- senators and congressmen -- to speed up the approval of Congressman Vargas’ HB No. 1825.
They owe it to our suffering people.