Internet Shops, Malls Influence Kids -- DepEd

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Internet Shops, Malls Influence Kids -- DepEd


Byline: TONY PE. RIMANDO

Shopping malls and Internet shops have adversely affected the learning activities of many Metro Manila high school students who, as a result, continue to receive low ratings in the annual national achievement test (NAT) conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd).

This was noted by National Capital Region (NCR) DepEd Director Teresita G. Domalanta after DepEd data revealed that Metro Manila - which boasts of many well-equipped public secondary schools and well-trained teachers - has failed to barge into the list of top NAT performing regions for the past several years.

Domalanta claimed that the increasing number of malls, Internet cafes and other computer devices in almost every nook and corner of the Big City has slowly but surely taken its toll in the study habits of many students, including those from average and poor families.

She said that her office has often received field reports from concerned teachers and school administrators that not a few students "tend to cut their classes just to hang out in air-conditioned malls or enter Internet shops to play computer games."

The reports, Domalanta said, added that even after their class dismissals in the afternoon, many students proceed to commercial establishments often to do window shopping or play computer games instead of directly going home to study their lessons. …

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