My son Xavier goes to Olivarez College High School in Parañaque City. We enrolled him there from first year high school, immediately after we returned from a year of living in Mindanao. He is now in fourth year high school, graduating on the last day of March 2009.
This last year has been most disappointing, with events that seem to be amplified by the fact that this is his last year there.
I must admit there were times when I had to write out a promissory note because I did not have the cash on hand in time for tuition payment, which was mostly during exams. And I credit Olivarez College for allowing my son to take the exams on the times when I did issue one.
But today, Monday I issued a post dated check (dated to Friday this week) to cover the last fees to cover tuition and graduation expenses. Olivarez College accounting office not only refused the check, but told my son that he can only take the exams for the day when we can come up with CASH to pay the outstanding balance.
This for me is the last straw, after the fiasco with the Olivarez College Registrar’s office, when they took me to task for saying that the Form 137 I was requesting was urgent, and blamed me when the document they came up with was so riddled with mistakes.
I admit I am not the richest of parents, and that I have been through several financial lows. But I and my husband have managed to put my son through four years of Olivarez, with all bills paid to the last centavo.
And now this?
Granted, private schools are out first and foremost to make money. They are. Bar none. Schools are business establishments first and foremost, in the real world.
I just wish they were learning institutions first.
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If you are here for the first time, please note: THIS POST IS OVER TWO YEARS OLD. It comes up #3 in google results for “olivarez college” which is actually not my problem, but Olivarez College’s problem — if they fixed their website, they would probably be coming up first. As it is, this post stays where it is on my blog. One day it may go down in rankings for the “olivarez college” google search, and well and good if it does.
I MAY take this post down — if Olivarez College will come to its senses and offer an apology for what made me write this post and other related posts in 2008.
I enjoin everyone who may have come across this post to read the related posts on my blog, to see why I was so disappointed with Olivarez College that I wrote this post.