From my own understanding, school field trips are NOT compulsory. I think, and I believe we have the right to decide whether we allow our children to join a field trip or NOT. But if you are asked for something in return, then that makes it compulsory or should I say looks like we are obliged to go otherwise “may project na gagawin kasi hindi sumama sa field trip”. Let me make it clear, I am talking about preschoolers here.
Few weeks ago, a letter from Deye’s school was circulated to parents talking about this year’s field trip. At the bottom of the letter, you’ll find a slip where a choice is mentioned “I allow my child….. etc etc…” As much as we wanted to take part, we could not”. WE, because obviously, any parent would not allow a 4 y/o to go on a field trip unaccompanied. I just gave birth that time, and even though I have my mom around to accompany Deye to the said trip, I also needed someone to assist me. In short, we didn’t take part.
Just few days before the scheduled field trip, I was told that projects are given to those who are not taking part. First thing that came to my mind “So what now? Are they trying to say field trips are compulsory?” I think so. Kasi kung hindi, bakit may project ang mga hindi sasama? Duh! To end the discussion, we just went with the flow and submitted whatever was asked from us on time.
Take note of this, each student (at least in my daughter’s class – 16 children) was asked to provide 5 COLORED pictures each of animals (pet, zoo, wild and water) to be pasted on an A4 size of paper. At first I thought, 5 animals altogether on a paper. I was confused so I texted her teacher and clarified the instructions. I was wrong pala. One picture pala sa isang A4 paper. Colored. That makes a total of 20 animals.
Don’t you think it’s too much for a nursery to submit such? Mainly because we did not take part in the school’s field trip?Oh! Let me also add, that the teacher asked for an excuse letter from me the other day because Deye skipped classes for 2 days. I understand, as per the teacher it’s in the manual. But cmon, for the past months that she had skipped classes, we were not asked for anything. Kung kelan March na saka naisipang manghingi ng excuse letter! And hello, she’s only a nursery student! Maglakwatsa man ang anak ko, naturalmente kasama ako! Duh!
We’re done! I have visited another school the other day and made an inquiry.