I am speaking as a Pisay alumna, as a former Pisay faculty member and as a UP instructor.
Getting in Pisay is a privilege. You are not paying for your education, in fact you are getting paid to study. As a student, I've worked hard to earn that Pisay diploma. Graduating from Pisay means that you have passed the standards set by the school. I find it unacceptable that someone could earn that diploma even if he got a grade of 5.0.
The grades are based on several components: homeworks and seatworks, quizzes, long exams, class participation and periodic exams. This measures both the intellectual capacity and the diligence of the student. Even if you get low scores in the exams, you get a chance to redeem yourself in homeworks and class participation. Getting a grade of 4.0 or 5.0 means that your performance is bad in all of these components. If you obtained a grade of 4.0, you get one last chance to redeem yourself through the removal exam. This will determine whether you learned enough concepts to pass the subject or not. If you pass, then you get a grade of 3.0. Otherwise, you get a grade of 5.0.
Allowing a child to graduate even if he got a grade of 5.0 implies that the child did not deserve to flunk. You've got to be kidding. There are four different levels of failing marks: 2.75, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0. If a student got a failing mark on a particular subject, he is required to take remedial classes throughout the entire year to help them improve their grades. Getting a grade of 4.0 or 5.0 in spite of this means that either you really did not learn anything from the subject, or you did not exert any effort at all.
Allowing a child to get a Pisay diploma even if he got a grade of 5.0 is being unfair to the other Pisay graduates. They did their part to get the Pisay diploma, and yet another person could get it even if he did not meet the standards. Why bother with the standards in the first place? This makes the Pisay diploma practically worthless, because anyone could get it. Not to mention that this will also be unfair to the former Pisay students who did not get a Pisay diploma because of a grade of 5.0.
When you get out of Pisay, other people will not care whether you passed or failed in your subjects during high school. Your Pisay diploma says it all, and other people will naturally expect something from a Pisay graduate. At present, my colleagues would often complain that a lot of Pisay graduates are not performing well in their math courses. In fact, I've flunked a few Pisay graduates myself. Is this the image that we want to project?
If you could still get that Pisay diploma even if you get a grade of 5.0, what then is the value of a Pisay diploma?
booleanlogic wrote on Mar 31, edited on Apr 1
TO ALL PSHS ALUMNI: I would like to request that you send an e-mail to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) including your full name, batch, and present affiliation. I will make a compilation of opinions and will present it to the PSHS Alumni Association/National Alumni Association. We are now in the process of convening an emergency meeting to take an appropriate action regarding this issue.
PSHS Alumni Association/
PSHS National Alumni Association
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