Students should look beyond their class textbooks, their computers, and the four walls of their classrooms to discover the meaning of life.
This was the wisdom that Education Secretary Leonor Briones imparted to 27 million students across the country on the first day of classes in the new school year.
At the “2018 Balik Eskwela” event at the Quezon City High School in Kamuning, Briones urged students to take the learning process outside educational institutions.
“It always helps to study beyond what your teachers teach you, beyond what your books teach you, beyond what your laptops, what your computers teach you,” Briones said.
“Kailangan lagpasan niyo iyan. Karamihan ng Pilipino na nagiging dakila, nagiging bantog, nagiging lider ng bansa, sila ay ‘di lamang nag-aral sa loob ng classroom. Nag-aaral din sila sa labas,” she said.
Briones said that as the world changes every second, students should keep up-to-date with the latest news and information to prepare themselves as they grow up.
“‘Pag labas niyo ng high school, ‘pag punta niyo ng universities, maku-culture shock kayo sa quality ng demands,” Briones noted.
“We want to prepare you for change. By the time you graduate high school and enter college, change will happen very much,” she said.
The Education chief also challenged each student to bring at least one book, aside from their usual class textbooks, inside their backpacks.
“Bakit? Minsan naghihintay sila ng sundo, minsan naghihintay ng teacher, naghihintay ng masasakyan, samantala kapag naghihintay sila, nagbabasa,” Briones said.
“Itong mga bata na ito ay mare-recognize na mahuhusay, marurunong at handa sa mundo,” she stressed. /vvp
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