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Rainy days are here again, and as school started, it has been a major problem for the students to get to school clean and dry! Why is it a requirement to wear a uniform to be able to get in school, anyway? Every year, since time immemorial, school year in the Philippines starts on the month of June, which coincides with the start of the rainy season. Why can’t we just do away with the uniform? Does having a complete set of uniform make the students smarter in Math? Does having wet socks and shoes make them brighter in Science? Honestly, all I could point to with regards to wearing uniform is a silly purpose of aesthetics. Sure, we wear uniforms for people to recognize what school we’re from, especially in cases where there are competitions, and schools would take all the opportunities for their students to brag about the name of the school. We also wear uniforms for identifications, so we don’t just get in another school and pretend to study there. I see the point, but it’s not for a practical intention. What wrong would it be if students don’t wear the same thing? Will they learn less? Will their good behavior be of lesser degree? Or, is it such an eyesore to the teachers? I claim not. To say, there are other countries that don’t oblige public school students to wear uniforms, and IT MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENCE. And by a lot, I mean NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Though it is indeed true that in the remote provinces of the Philippines, public school students are not required to come to school following a dress code, because with them it is very glaring that they cannot afford such. But does that mean that the whole of the country must suffer as much as they do just for the poor in the urban areas to be noticed and given consideration? Pitiful.
I bet the wearing of the uniform is just a front. We are trying to show that though these children are public school students, they can afford to look decent and have matching outfits. Bullfeces. With this much attempt to cloak the ugly truth, we are actually making things worse.
It’s not what is worn in school that is important; it’s the presence of these children in class with good health and the will to study. How can they possibly be interested in their lessons when they’re bothered by the uneasiness of their dripping clothes and soaking wet socks?
And not only that, parents are also burdened as to where to get the money to buy the kids’ uniforms. There’s already the problem on how to feed their children three times a day, mortgages and rentals, school supplies, and not to mention fees that are charged in public schools that actually shouldn’t be there in the first place, if teachers and schools were just funded right. So I’d be surprised if you are wondering why crime rates shoot up when the school year’s just about to start.
The children are our future, according to our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. I am very much ashamed to be saying this when the only thing that comes to my mind upon hearing it is, “WHAT CHILDREN?” The children that are all sick and dying of pneumonia, Weil’s disease, tuberculosis, etc? Sure.
It’s just so sad how everyone seems to be so blinded about this. Doesn’t anyone in power see the plight of these children drenched in rainwater, braving the flooded streets on their way to school?
[Sigh. If only the poor children of the Philippines were this much protected from the harsh rains]
Health IS wealth, but with our sick children and our ailing future with them, then I guess the Philippines will just have to remain poor forever.