Netizen Slams Teachers for Letting Grade 7 Students Fetch Water, Wash Rugs at Deep Well

In many public schools all over the Philippines, it has become customary for the children to be given tasks in making sure that their classrooms remain clean. But one netizen slammed teachers of a school in their locality after seeing many Grade 7 students fetching water and washing rugs at their deep well on a daily basis.

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Alexah Dela Austria of Capalonga, Camarines Norte noticed that many students keep on going to the deep well in her neighborhood during school days, at around 7AM. The school is not near the deep well, yet the students flock there every morning to fetch water. She also sees them washing rugs.

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By the time they go back to school, the kids already looked somewhat dirty from the activity. Alexah questioned whether these things are the children’s responsibility in school.

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Moreover, Alexah was surprised to learn that the children had actually done this for years but used to fetch water from the river much further from the school than the deep well. It was only when someone discovered the deep well that they began to choose this option instead, because it is closer to the school.

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Ano nga ba talaga ang tungkulin at dapat isaalang alang ng isang mag aaral sa eskwelahan? Mapapribado man o pampublikong paaralan? Araw araw mula nung nagpasukan may nag iigib, may naglalaba ng mga basahan?

Tinatanong namin sila bakit dito pa sila nag iigib ay ang layo na ng school nila? Naaawa ako sa mga mag aaral na ito na tuwing alas 7 nandito na sila at nag iigib ng tubig! Balik balik?” Alexah wrote on her Facebook account.

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Nakakaawa kase halos Grade 7 ang mga ito at ang liliit pa nila para magtabo at dadalhin sa school ang tubig, yung iba ang dumi na ng sapatos, uniform at pawis pawisan na!

Sabi pa nung ilan sa ilog pa nga daw sila nag iigib dati nung di pa nila alam na may balon dito? Sa ilog na may kalayuan din? Papasok man lamang sila eh dungis dungisan na ang suot nilang uniform.

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Alexah said she would not name names but questions why this has become a daily routine for the students.

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Ang agap nila pumasok para mag aral hindi para mag igib at utus utusan ng kung ano anong hindi na naaayon sa pag aaral,” she added.

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The post was met with mixed reactions. While many netizens sided with Alexah, also sympathizing with the plight of these students, other said that being cleaners and giving them responsibilities in school actually make them better students. This is part of the learning process, other netizens chimed in.

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Others told Alexah to send her kids to a private school if she doesn’t want them to work in school; however, based on the post, the children were not hers and she was just expressing concern about the kids she sees doing this at their deep well.

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A teacher responded to her post, explaining to Alexah that not all public schools have running water. In places like that, the children had to fetch water usually for the CRs or else the toilets will be stinky. The teacher said that they are also doing their part in helping the students but tasks like this are often delegated to the students as the teachers have many other concerns to attend to, asking whether it is also the teachers’ responsibility to fetch the water…

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