“STUDENTS should not be punished for joining sports.”

Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Recaredo Borgonia said student-athletes, especially in public schools, should be given consideration by teachers.

“Some teachers fail their students if they miss exams. Instead, they should be given corresponding grade and teachers should give due recognition to athletes for whatever accomplishment they had.”

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“Of course, we do not tolerate laxity from students and this should not be made an excuse for athletes to be exempted from school work. But these athletes should be given a bit more consideration, since it is tough balancing school and training,” Borgonia said in a press conference the other day in Compostela.

Borgonia said that in the coming school year, they will be adjusting the curriculum to accommodate sports activities for students.

“This will be separate from PE. This is solely specific for sports activities, where students can spend time in their specializations, be it sports or other activities,” said

Borgonia, who added teachers will also need to go through a specialized training to help in the athletes’ training.

This plan is in line with DepEd’s thrust to strengthen the grassroots program in schools.

Danao City Councilor Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez said he supports this plan of the DepEd.

“We are supporting this endeavor of the DepEd because I have seen how it has helped athletes, especially those from far-flung areas. No other competition takes a child from the mountains to compete in a level such as the Cviraa. I hope this will be sustained,” said Rodriguez.

Incentives

Meanwhile, Borgonia said that while he still cannot promise that DepEd can give incentives to the region’s Palarong Pambansa medalists like last year.

However, he said he will work on the incentives with corporate backers.

“We have to check if we have extra funds after all the expenses in the Palarong Pambansa. But we will be asking sponsors to help us,” he said.