Thoughts on the Philippine Education System

Hello, I am a Filipina who’s been residing in Chicago for 20 years. I moved here when I was 16. I went to a private all girls’ Catholic school in Quezon City. I was about to be a senior in high school when our green card got approved, so I moved to the US with my family. I had to be held back two years to being a sophomore in high school due to my age. At first, I was upset because I thought it was a waste of time. I “should be” a senior! But in the end, I realized that it was the best thing that happened to me.

First of all, I wasn’t a stellar student in the Philippines. I am first to admit that. I was terrible in Math, and looking back now I wonder if I had some sort of learning disability that only applied to Math, because the concepts just didn’t click right away for me unlike for my classmates. Hence, I was getting C’s and of course, none of my teachers EVER (I still get angry now thinking about it) reached out to me, or to any of the lower performing students and offered any sort of tutoring, after school help, office hours, NOTHING. We were just on our own. If we didn’t get the material, too bad. The rest of the class moved along to the next topic so I got further and further behind. My father who is a math whiz (chemical engineer degree holder, but ended up being a banker…RIP Dad), did all he could to help me with my homework and i would understand it then, but the next day with me being in class I got lost again. i actually felt guilty cuz my dad had a long day at work, and a long commute home (we didn’t own a car–he’s a thrifty guy) from Makati, and he still had to deal with trying to tutor me himself cuz my fuckin’ teachers couldn’t be bothered or probably didn’t think that outside classroom help was not part of their job description.

I barely scraped by (I wasn’t sure if I really deserved to pass) until my junior year in the Philippines, where my parents received the “terrible news” (cuz you know, it IS the most terrible thing there ever–in hindsight it’s funny now) that I had to enroll in summer school to pass Geometry. I ended up enrolling in a summer remedial course at a public college in QC where I actually UNDERSTOOD the material. I definitely believed it’s in the quality of instructor (even though this public college had a “jologgs reputation” and I was even unjustly embarrassed to admit that that’s where I ended up for summer school) and not necessarily “where” you went to school. Cuz supposedly where i went to school is a pretty good quality one. ANYWAY…so basically my Math “stupidity” probably affected my attitude towards schoolwork in general. I was mediocre in Filipino class, and hardly tried in Christian education, Social Studies, Science (especially in Chemistry. That damn Math again). The only class I got A’s in with barely effort was English. I attributed it to watching 90210 and reading Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley books. I even wrote some articles for the school paper cuz I was one of the better English speakers in our class. I couldn’t be editor though cuz the rest of my grades were mediocre.

Fast forward to public high school in suburban Chicagoland. I tested out of taking ESL and was put in the regular track with the rest of the Americans. My math scores however, put me back a year so instead of college algebra I was in beginning algebra again. I was a sophomore then so there was a mix of sophomores and freshmen in my class. I also had regular classes in Social Studies (Geography), Science (I think I got Biology…i thought it was cool that we got to pick what areas we were interested in). And I jumped at the chance to take foreign language. Wow! In the Philippines, only the very, very exclusive schools or international schools offered any sort of foreign language outside of the college level. Here, we got a choice of German, French or Spanish. I was always interested in the French culture although I never thought that going to France was more than a dream, being a Philippine citizen. I knew that with knowing Tagalog, Spanish would be the easy choice but I thought I’d put myself up for a challenge and took French.

Ok so you guys know how a lot of Filipinos in Manila say school in the USA is “easier” than in the Philippines? I offer the following reasons:

– Students are encouraged to pick a “track” that they are interested in. The gifted ones go on the Honors/Advanced Placement track for their classes for the challenge. Material between the AP and regular tracks are vastly different in content and depth. I got transferred out of regular US History to AP US History and the challenge was definitely there. Taking AP US History tests was the same as taking a college level test. So I bet Filipinos were talking about the regular track but didn’t challenge themselves or didn’t get transferred to the AP track.

– There is a core curriculum but you are not “forced” to take more credits of a certain subject if you know you are not interested in that subject. In the Philippines, we took Music, Religion, Art classes every year but in the US you are not required beyond the state requirement. So knowing myself, tone deaf and not musically inclined AT ALL, I won’t force myself to take more advanced music or art classes and have those classes bring down my GPA. In the meantime, if your talents lie in these fields rather than the more academic ones, you can pursue them further by going for advanced painting, marching band, orchestra, etc type of classes

– Teachers in my suburban Illinois public high school have actual OFFICE HOURS which they shared with students on the first day of class. The purpose of this is to welcome any extra help requests or if a student just wants someone to talk to (aside from a guidance counselor). In my school in the Philippines, I really felt alone and I was scared about not passing my grade because of Math. But i had no help and we couldn’t afford private tutors.

– I remember we had to share a single microscope for a group of 4-6 students of science classes in the Philippines. In the US, each student had a microscope even though we had lab partners. Our lab was very equipped with all the test tubes, beakers, etc. Complete setup for the experiment for two lab partners to share. Back home I think the teacher had to DEMONSTRATE the experiment in front of class because of the lack of equipment to go around.

– Our library hardly had any new books available for checkout, and I remember they kept all the Nancy Drew books behind the librarian’s desk. You had to ask for them specifically. Were they scared the students would steal them? WTF. I guess thinking about it now, we paid all this Philippine tuition money and facilities/equipment in the school was sorely lacking. Where did the money go?

– Why don’t teachers in the Philippines try to encourage their students more to do better? Why were we just branded as “slow” “not interested in trying hard enough” or anything like that? Did they not care? My US teachers really reached out to us and made it clear that if we didn’t get the material, to not hesitate to ask questions.

It is getting late and I can write a “sequel” to this. But basically I am a business analyst now for one of the bigger insurance companies in the US. I owe my success to my US education and I don’t think I owe jack shit to my school in the Philippines. I graduated with high honors from my US high school (I never got into honors Math but I was AP in French, Social Studies, Biology and English/Humanities) which transferred as college credit. Money saved from my freshman college bill. I also got a 4 year academic tuition scholarship from one of Illinois’ public universities. I would say I turned out fairly well and if only basing on FB status updates from my former classmates still in the Philippines, I would say I am one of the most successful ones in the class. I am making close to $80K annual salary which translates to a very good standard of living in Chicago.

Not bad for a chick that can’t even grasp the concept of “factoring” in algebra and branded mediocre and “not trying hard enough” by her Philippine teachers.

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  1. Profile gravatar of FAFI

    A very well inspiring story, and being that I am currently taking up college in the freakin Philippines, I can entirely relate to your story, and after conducting countless research in my short time here, I am already prepared to answer some of the mysteries that has been pondering you about Philippine schools. As for the quality of education, I get what you mean by that completely. The teachers in Philippines are only required to teach their scheduled subject within the time period prescribed to them, and that time period is the only accountability they have on their student’s education. After that last minute, they are nothing more than just a complete stranger to you. You can’t ask them for help since they are already busy preparing their papers for the next class they have to teach.
    Before I continue on with this comment, I would like to inform you that my resource came from my school counselor who I’m pretty close with, and he is the only one I can go to for answers regarding the school. I have asked him recently how the teacher’s salary is paid, because I’ve been wondering why some incompetent students who has no regard for their education is still moving onto the next level? I thought that the more students the teacher had, the more they get paid, but I was wrong. His answer was that the teachers gets paid by the amount of credit hours they teach in a day. So with that saying, they are only liable with the education they teach inside the classroom, like what you have stated earlier, not outside. Teachers here are not willing to do anything extra outside their perspective hours of pay, and since they are not paid to teach, tutor, or assist you after class hours, they aren’t willing to help. Most professors I know usually packs up their books and belongings and calls it ‘deuces’ the very moment class is over to avoid any further question regarding the subject they are teaching. It’s all about the paycheck in Philippines.
    Some teachers even tries to cheat the system by dividing some classes into two different periods for extra pay. The criteria to be paid to teach a classroom is that the teacher must have at least 15 students in each class. If a batch consist of 30 or more students, the teacher would normally request to divide the class into two different class sessions. Like in my case, my Criminology class compose of 43 students, but in most of my classes, we have been divided in half as Crim(A) and Crim(B). And instead of teaching us all within a 1 1/2 hour time period, lets say 1:30pm-3:00pm, now they have half of us at 1:30pm-3:00pm and the other half at 3:00pm-4:30pm. It gives the teacher a break since they are only repeating the same shit they just taught their previous class, but they can only pull this off if that time slot is not occupied with another class of course. One of them even sacrifices his lunch period to schedule a split class.

    As for this you mentioned:

    “Ok so you guys know how a lot of Filipinos in Manila say school in the USA is “easier” than in the Philippines? ”

    Who the hell said that? I’m taking up college in the Manila area and I never head that before, and if I did I will slap em! I had more of challenge in my USA high school than I did in the college here. By the way, you mentioned that you are in Chicago, I took up high school at Rockford East High School while I was there, ever heard of it? Rockford is not that far from Chicago. But anyway….. the college here is almost elementary, I don’t mean to brag when I say this, but I even scored a semester Dean’s List scholarship this year, and I was only considered as an average Joe back in America. So how the hell did I pull that off? Here are the handicaps I have which should’ve made it harder for me to perform in school here:

    1. I don’t understand half of the instructions since they are mentioned in Tagalog.
    2. I don’t cheat every chance I get like my idiot classmates whenever we take exams, even if I did, which idiot would I ask for the correct answer? LOL
    3. I had a 6 year break from high school, so I should’ve forgotten more.

    And I still outdone these fuckin idiots! I’m like a freakin genius in this country, but in reality, I know I’m super average in the real world. So again, who said USA schools were easier? LMAO

    I like your article and thanks for sharing, I thought I would be the only one sharing shitty Philippine school life on here. Of course you can’t give Philippines any credit for you education, everything I am being ‘taught’ (wink-wink) is just knowledge I already knew from before, and anything new I am being so-called taught, is useless information I can search on the web. It’s great to hear that you turned out very successful, a million gratz to you IceSkater! 🙂

  2. Profile gravatar of Captain PFB
    Captain PFB

    Native Filipino people do not possess any sense of obligation to do their job to the best of their ability. I worked for the dept of education in USA for 8 years of my life. I was not a teacher, but I worked closely with them daily. I conversed with them, I got to know them.

    I have NEVER IN MY DEPT OF EDUCATION CAREER met a single American teacher who didn’t bust their ass, put in LONG SELFLESS HOURS to make sure their students received every bit of individualized attention they needed in order for them to not just pass, but to succeed with flying colors. American teachers are heros in my view. Not only do they have the challenges of teaching their students, but they are challenged by the idiot political system that seems to make their job as difficult as possible, they have to deal with today’s idiot parents who think their child can do no wrong, who have little to no involvement in their child’s education, and blame the teacher for giving their child a failing grade on their test.

    American teachers don’t choose to be teachers because it pays well. (because it doesn’t!) American teachers become teachers because they are special people. They are people WHO CARE. I have seen and experienced the way they care every day for 8 years of my career. I have been on campus at 9pm at night, 6 hours after the school day has ended, and there’s usually one or two teachers still in their classroom working. They are on salary. They don’t get overtime. They are there because they have real pride in their work. They have a sense of responsibility and obligation to their students. They are there because they want to develop young minds in hopes of a better world for them and future generations. And they’re doing this in spite of a system that works against them, hoping they can change that system. American teachers take pride in their work, and it shows.

    What are the Filipino teachers doing? Well, I can assure you that they are holding to the standard work ethic of any Filipino: Do as little as possible…do only enough to not get fired, so you can keep getting a paycheck. Blame the student who holds the same work ethic as anyone, for his/her failure. Filipinos will not take responsibility for their actions or lack thereof. It is standard operating procedure to blame others, make excuses, and do or say anything for self preservation. And they are proud of this. Raise your hand if you can see the contrast in the definition of pride between Philippines and the rest of the thinking world.

    With Filipinos, it’s “all about me”. And the only pride that exists is in how well you can preserve yourself, even at the detriment of others.

    And this is why you find 300 pages of search results pop up when you search “stupid Filipino”.

    And then the Filipino can only conclude that everyone is racist and picking on them, rather than look inward and see reality.

    1. Profile gravatar of kallimann

      Hello all,

      I guess I have to add a little to Filofail’s comment on what teachers in the Philippines do.

      Not in college, but already starting in Prep and 1 grade. I went to school (a private school!) and wanted to drop my 6 year old off to school as I always do when I’m at home in between overseas jobs. Only to hear from one off the teachers that today wouldn’t be any classes, due to storm signal number one that was announced by the mayor of the city.
      I had a look around and to the sky because signal number 1. I looked up what storm signal no.1 means.
      Here it is:
      A tropical cyclone will affect the locality.
      Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours. (When the tropical cyclone develops very close to the locality a shorter lead time of the occurrence of the winds will be specified in the warning bulletin.)
      Twigs and branches of small trees may be broken.
      Some banana plants may be tilted or downed.
      Some houses of very light materials (nipa and cogon) may be partially unroofed.
      Unless this warning signal is upgraded during the entire existence of the tropical cyclone, only very light or no damage at all may be sustained by the exposed communities.
      Rice crop, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.

      It means that maybe in the next 36 hours some wind and rain might come up and that’s why my son can’t go to school in this country to learn something. Or maybe they just closed the school to protect the students because they might stumble over some tilted or downed banana plants. WOW, what an excuse…

      In my country, I was born and educated in Germany, this is unthinkable of. And I mean honestly, this is just another excuse to stay at home and watch one of those useless lunchtime gameshows, instead of teaching the young kids the values of the responsibility of going to school, learning and knowledge.

      Look my dear proud Filipino’s, what you don’t learn when you are young, you won’t learn in old age….

      And just in case somebody tells me know: Why don’t you fu.. off and leave the country? Hey, believe me I would if I could. But your useless law that dictates that children born in the Failippines to get out of the country with their foreign parents (in this case a foreign father) need the (in my case disappeared) mother’s signature. Why is that? Just to make sure the child won’t learn too much and come back to this country at some point of his life and tries to change something to the better?

      Well, I don’t know. But maybe you should re-think your signal no.1 / school off rule or your child protection law that prevents kids going out in the world and actually have the chance to learn something in school…. Think about it…

      Your’s all, kallimann

  3. Profile gravatar of Chicago_IceSkater
    Chicago_IceSkater Post author

    Thank you both for your insight. I do agree that in my experience, for the average Philippine teacher, the job is just that…a means to a paycheck. Maybe they were good in the subject they teach, but they don’t have the skills to share this knowledge and explain the concepts to the student. I think of the teachers in my US high school (FAFI, I know where Rockford is…I am from the northwest suburbs of IL but have been to Rockford and Loves Park a few times) and they just have a different attitude towards their job. They care if a student is getting left behind. Quiz scores, homework (or lack of) would be a signal of this and they would reach out and ask is there anything wrong? what can i do better so you can understand the lesson? is there stuff going on at home that you can’t concentrate on your homework?

    My first French teacher, Madame S, in my US high school instilled in me a love and curiosity for the French language and culture so much that I even continued studying French in college, even though I was a business major. That’s how much she inspired me. In my senior year, we had an alumnae of our high school come back as a French teacher and she used to be a student of Madame S. SHe was inspired too. I even kept up with my knowledge of French, 10 years after high school by doing self reviews with books, Rosetta, and reading French websites and Le Figaro online. I also watch French movies so my listening comprehension can be kept up. In comparison I have bad feelings toward my Philippine teachers, no good memories at all, except for my English and Religion teachers (Subjects that I had no trouble with).

    I guess my point is, since I went to a private school back home, you would think I was getting more out of school since after all, they are not like a public school desperate for funding. Caring teachers equipped laboratories. We didn’t even have lockers (key or combination kind) or any sort of cubby holes to store our books. My first encounter w/ a combination lock was in the US and I couldn’t figure out how to open it!! it was Madame S who TAUGHT me how to open my locker (the locker was right by her classroom and on the first day of school she saw me struggling and confused LOL).

    Interestingly, like I noted in my above submission, the teacher I had during my summer remedial algebra class in the “jologgs” school, explained the material VERY WELL. so i was def wrong to come there with misgivings already. She had a different attitude than my private school teacher (the one that failed me). I passed the summer class and got the credit, but then we were moving to the US anyway so it was moot. But I still remember her face, though not her name. I wondered why is she teaching there and not at a more elite school cuz she surely knew her material AND knew how to convey it.

    As much as I wanna scream, “Look at me now! I did pretty well for myself and you guys thought I was lazy but maybe you are the lazy ones!!!” I just think that if I fell through the cracks and it took a move to the US and being educated the American way, how many more kids back home are destined for mediocrity or failure just because the Philippine education system…failed them? I know that if i didn’t move, there was no way that i would have gotten to the “top 3” philippine universities for college. I’d probably go to some average one (much to the entertainment of my relatives). And since where you went to school pretty much determines how you fare in life (NO upward mobility at all unlike in the US), I’d probably have some dead end job and if lucky, a call center agent but no path to advance.

    I will be posting a few more submissions in the future. Stuff I need to get off my chest. I.e. Rude salespersons at the mall, FAMILY/Relatives, no concept of time (and how precious it is). Hah!

    1. Profile gravatar of FAFI

      Yeah, the schools in Philippines will definitely not render any assistance to help you pass their subject, I’m glad you were able to get out of there and be exposed to greater knowledge. Speaking on behalf of the Filipino teachers (I can’t believe I’m gonna say this), but sometimes I do understand why they DON’T offer help to some of the students. The students in my surroundings are just as hopeless as their god-forsaken government, and what I have seen of my classmates is complete disregard for education by cutting classes, refusal to study, showing up late to class, and behaving like animals in class. One wise person once told me that you can’t help those who don’t want to be helped, or can’t help themselves first. I see very little potential in most of my classmates, and their strive to succeed in life is quite rare to see. So in that sense, I can completely understand why THOSE students don’t get the help they need, but it kinda fucks it up for the ones who actually do wanna succeed and receive helpful tutoring. As much as I preach about how easy my college is, there are a few speed-bumps here and there, I’m not perfect, but thanks to my resourcefulness of utilizing my friend Mr. Google, I still end up getting the help I need anyway :-). I feel bad for my idiot classmates who don’t have their own computer, but even if they did, they probably don’t know how to use it anyway except for checking facebook and playing DOTA (I still don’t know a damn thing about that game except many Filipinos plays it).

  4. Profile gravatar of Chicago_IceSkater
    Chicago_IceSkater Post author

    FAFI, btw I should answer your question about Filipinos that said “school in the US is easier than in the Philippines”. Interestingly, people that made this observation HAVE NEVER BEEN to the US and only talk about secondhand or thirdhand experience from so and so they knew. I have come to think that those people were probably like me, average or below average students here, but found their niche in the American school system and excelled. It wasn’t because the material was easier or not as advanced, but because the teachers were COMPETENT in CONVEYING the material to the student. like I said, just cuz someone is good at chemistry doesn’t mean he will make a good chemistry teacher!

    OMG and don’t get me started on the “star sections” system common in high school and elementary private schools in the Philippines. That is a post in itself. Basically it’s grouping together the best and brightest in the batch in one section. One would think “oh so it’s like Advanced Placement in America right?” NOPE cuz they are learning the exact same material as the average and the “slow kids” (I was in the slow kids section…we had three sections per grade level). In AP, the material covered is college level, and more in depth. College textbooks are used. But the star section is just that, getting the stars together for prestige. A mom can say, “oh anak ko star section yan!”. LoL. stay tuned for my post in this sometime.

    1. Profile gravatar of FAFI

      I noticed that too when you spoke of the competency and the ability of the teacher to convey the teaching material coherently so the students can successfully grasp the information being taught to them. It turns out that my lowest scoring subjects are by teachers who can’t proficiently deliver their subject material. I have this one professor in ‘Rizal’ class (yep, I said Rizal, it’s a freakin 3 unit subject that talks about one freakin person for an entire semester, so annoying!). By the way, this person is suppose to be a so-called ‘Doctor’ too…. hahaha, a doctor in what? Because she sure as hell not in the field of her PHD study, unless she possess a doctorates degree in Rizal, as if that exists? Anyway, this teacher’s voice is so distorted and soft, you can’t even comprehend what she is saying half the time, especially with the sound of these AC’s (or Aircon they call it) that sound like they have been rigged up with jet engines, and the sound of shouting idiot Filipinos talking over her every time she speaks. The worst part about it is that none of her lessons are delivered visually. Anyway, even if I did fail the class, I don’t need it anyway since ‘Rizal’ is not incorporated into the American education system, in other words, that subject wouldn’t even be accredited, plus it’s not even a prerequisite to move onto another subject. So I’m just wasting my time with it. Oh well, it’s either an hour and a half of a useless subject, or an hour and a half at home dealing with the backwardness of my idiot Filipina wife. I’m still contemplating what is worst…..

      1. Profile gravatar of 30-30

        Why do they devote so much time, money and effort into Rizal??
        My country has many heroes too ,, but they are not a special course in school.

    2. Profile gravatar of jeepneybrain

      Corruption is a lesson to learn in school just like learning the alphabet.

      The “star section” (also called “cream-of-the-crop section”) in Philippine public schools is also reserved for teachers’ children, their next relatives children, and children of barangay or town officials. This is also to say that not all students in lower sections are slow kids, it’s just that their parents don’t have the right connection or influence. This is an example of palakasan

      From time to time the Dept of Education conducts evaluation tests to see how a school is faring. The tests are given only to the “star sections”. So how do the school officials ensure that their school show good results?

      Simple. They would substitute slow students with brighter kids picked from the lower sections. Days before the tests they are given the same review materials as those for the star pupils. On exam day one or two “star pupils” will be absent due to “illness”. the substitute students will be “asked” to take their place with “secret” instruction to use the other students ID’s. Of course it’s cheating but it’s generally acceptable because the intention is for the good of the school’s image.

      Palakasan and substitution are open secrets same thing as vote-buying. Corruption is taught in schools to Filipino children and you can see the finest results in our government.

      1. Profile gravatar of 30-30

        speaking of corruption,,,, grade 1 to 12 books in my country are standardised and are all the same.
        So, why cant peenoise do the same here?
        MONEY, that is why. They have to get thier grubby fingers into your pocket every time.
        NO PRIDE AT ALL.

  5. Profile gravatar of

    I found your post very interesting to read and it draws many parallels to my own experiences. I think that the Filipino education system inherently punishes those who question and think. In order to do well in a Filipino school, you have to stop thinking and do what everybody else does: accept whatever is shoved into your mouth without digesting it. Don’t worry about remembering it though because the same stuff will be shoved again at the next lesson.

    I thank my parents for being wise enough to build an entire library at home and filling it with useful books (no tablets, e-readers at that time). Honestly there was little that I learned at my primary school that I could not have learned from my own reading. And many if not most Filipinos believe going to school is enough – as if there is nothing else to learn outside of school. It’s like the Filipino system fails at nurturing kids hungry to learn!

    I left the Philippines when I was thirteen and went to an American High School and those who say US schools are easier than the ones in the Philippines really do not know what they are talking about. I doubt any of them is basing those statements on actual experience.

    As I mentioned, I went to an American school in Kenya where most of the teachers where Americans. The difference to me was like NIGHT and DAY. Here was a place were one can actually learn and where teachers actually cared and taught things that made sense. There was no aversion to thinking or asking questions! I even repeated courses that I already aced – just for the FUN of it. It wasn’t easy (or easier) but it was rewarding.

    And just like you, I found my interests in foreign language rewarded. I took French and Spanish – and I took it even further – I went ahead and finished medical school in South America, with Spanish-speaking professors and classmates, books and exams. Spent close to a year as an intern in Texas. I’ve just passed the first steps to the US medical licensure exams and I hope to even further my education by specializing there.

    Again, thank you for sharing your experiences comparing the Filipino and US systems of education and for inspiring my already very long comment.

  6. Profile gravatar of Jane

    First of all, congrats on your well-deserved achievements!!! YAYYYY

    In my experience, the schools in the US are easier than the ones in the Philippines.My teachers had such passion when teaching that I was easily interested in whatever they taught to the extent that I would do my own deep reading to learn more. I read advanced topics and absorbed everything like a sponge in class, even approaching my teachers with what I read. Being interested in my subjects made studying easier, fun, and interesting. In no way do I think that it was the content that made one school easier than the other, but rather it was the ability of the teachers, and most of the time the school system as well, that made it easy or difficult. I was okay with learning the basics to find out what I really enjoy and excel in, and those that I enjoyed, I excelled in. I was around the age of 11 when I realized what I loved [Math and the law (kind of an odd thing haha)] and had a basic idea of what occupation I wanted- which I’m currently pursuing.

    I’m currently studying in the Philippines at a college level… aaaand have had moments where I was on the verge of a mini breakdown because of how frustrating these “teachers” are.

    I had a history teacher in my second year of college who would belt out jokes, stories and comments on whatever (no exaggeration here) during exam days. “Please, I beg you!! I’m TRYING to answer YOUR EXAM that consists of unscrambling words and finding words in a word search” was all I could think of. Again… none of this is exaggerated. After getting a loud response from the other students, whether they laughed at his jokes/comments or made their own jokes, he would tell them to be QUIET because other students are taking their exams! I had a difficult time concentrating and couldn’t even hear my own thoughts during the exam. I’ve had many terrible experiences with my Filipino teachers, but a minority of my teachers were great people who cared for the students.

  7. Profile gravatar of 30-30

    My redheaded stepson from hell decided to study IT..So,, The college he goes teaches about Jose Rizal for a portion of the lesson.
    All the good teachers left for abroad. Why would anybody stay here in da feelippines when they can earn more abroad???