Good News First – Unionbank!
Paypal and my local bank Unionbank seem to have shaken hands quite well, especially after Unionbank’s last round of upgrades. It used to take 5 banking days before a withdrawal from my Paypal accounts reflected in my EON savings account, but now it’s down to 4! I made the withdrawal request on Monday morning (1 July) and today I discovered that it had already been transfered into my EON account. To me that’s very good news, and I’m crossing my fingers wishing this is not a fluke.
Now for the Bad News – Department of Education
This is another issue entirely. It seems the Philippines Department of Education has issued Order No. 49, s.2008 that states Only 5-year old children are allowed for admission in the preschool classes. This may not be such a big issue if it were not for the fact that the Order was dated June 16, 2008 more than a week after school has started, and definitely several weeks after enrollment began.
This is why my little girl Maia, who turned 4 this February and is taller and probably more literate than her 5-year old almost-classmates, was turned away from school today, 03 July 2008.
We had enrolled her at the R. G. Gatchalian Elementary School, a short pedicab ride away from the house, last 30 May 2008. The teacher-in-charge accepted Maia’s birth certificate, ID photos and our payment of P2,200 for the entire year’s tuition. You may ask why we enrolled our daughter in public school. The answer to that is because we are honest taxpayers who would like to see our taxes be used for the betterment of our children, and that the school is in our district.
The Order from the DepEd came way too late for parents of children like Maia to come up with an alternative school to put their kids in, whether public or private schools. The whole point of sending them to Gatchalian was the convenience of its location. But an Order issued in the middle of June and disseminated AFTER school had already begun puts the DepEd in dubious light. While I understand that this move is for the betterment of both preschool students and teachers it could have been decided upon way before school started.
I remember a few years back I wrote a post in this blog Toink! *Unionbank* Toink!. Now it’s DepEd’s turn. Toink! *DepEd* Toink!