I would like to caution all the parents out there. You may or may not know that your children are always absent from school. One of the rules I implement in my class regarding student absenteeism is that the parent or guardian should write an excuse letter to me explaining the reason for the child’s absence in my class. Many of them comply. But there are times when a student asks other people to write an excuse letter for them, conniving and pretending that they are the parents/guardians. When this happens, I call on the parents and let them know about it. It is only then that they become aware of the child’s absence from my class.And when they found out about it, some of them scold their child, my pupil, in front of me. This kind of incidence gives me an insight into my student’s life in their homes.
But the most disturbing thing is that the habitually absent student eventually drops out of my class no matter what the reason or reasons are. And the thing is, it also happens to all my co-teachers.As much as possible, we do our best to prevent such incidence from occurring. But there are things that are beyond our control and we can only do so much.We can only hope that these students come back the next year, change their ways and realize that whatever hindrances in their studies they encounter, we, their teachers, are behind them.