Enrollment Flop

by Patricia T June. 08, 2017 750 views
My friend Diane

My friend Diane

In an ideal world, the enrollment process is a pleasant experience.

The steps are simple. First, you would have to open the student website and print your registration. Second, you proceed to the finance office, procure a priority number, then wait. After a few minutes, you present your registration, pay the necessary fees, then proceed to the tagging window - wherein a faculty member would change your status from reserved to enrolled in the student website. And then you calmly go home, maybe stop by a friend's house, and prepare yourself for the inevitable start of a new school year.


But this isn't an ideal world. It's a shitty one.


I woke up early this morning, knowing that the day will be a pain. Not just for me, but for every single student I know in the university.

Things aren't (and won't be) just easy, considering the situation that we're in. You see, I belong in a minority major, a new and alien one, to be exact. So, in contrast, the creation of slots for our classes are given lower priority than the renowned accounting and engineering majors.

Which brings us to the second situation.

Our country, the Philippines, is currently going through its second year of the shifting process from the old ten-year education system to a twelve-year education system. In other words, we are currently adjusting to the Senior High School (SHS; Gr11 and Gr12). This meant that the kids who are a year below me at school would have to go through this level of education.

The thing is, our country sort of entered this predicament on an unprepared note. To be more specific, classrooms are not sufficient enough to cater the sea of children (a derogatory term used by the annoyed upperclassmen towards the innocent senior high to vent against the faulty enrollment system).


So the senior high, who are technically college freshmen, are being injected into the collegiate campus, and are currently dominating the now dwindling collegiate populace. This became a problem. With the lack of classrooms to accommodate the displaced SHS learners, and the school's strategy to have the college campus compensate for this deficit, college students are now pushed to extreme night classes, or no available classes at all. And as I've mentioned earlier, my major is new, so I have to go through the hassle of these situations. This meant constant trips to the division office, long lines at the manual add & drop by the registrar, and worst of all, the unavailability of our professional courses three weeks in the school year. Which meant that even if we do pay our financial responsibilities, even if we do get to the tagging window, our unavailable professional courses would still keep us on our toes for the next month of school.


It's sad, really.

-P


((ive run out of brain juice in the middle of the rant - im going to sleep now))

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Calethia Baker 2 years, 3 months ago

It interesting to learn what educational struggles other countries are having.  I hope things improve because school is stressful enough without all the added craziness.

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Patricia T Replied to Calethia Baker 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you, it really has been a stressful week for all of us. Hopefully it will improve by the next semester.

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