Teacher expresses frustration after only one student shows up after Christmas break


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After a long Christmas break that began on December 15, 2018, students in public schools were expected to get back to school on January 3, 2019. But many students were absent on the first day of the resumption of classes!

One teacher expressed frustration after only one student showed up in his class after the long break. Where are the others?

Of the 32 children enrolled in his class, teacher Chito Grullo of Binalonan, Pangasinan was rather surprised and frustrated when only one student actually showed up on January 3. After his initial surprise, the teacher eventually found humor in the situation and decided to snap a photo with his lone student.

“January 3... may long quiz pa sana ngayon...tsk..

#MayFirstHonorNaAko πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”,” the teacher captioned the picture.

Teacher expresses frustration after only one student shows up after Christmas break
Photo credit: Chito Marquez Grullo / Facebook

The picture actually went viral, with many netizens commenting that they felt as lazy as the other students in Grullo’s class. The photo also sparked memes and jokes on social media.

For instance, one netizen joked that the boy must have missed the class’ group chat messages.

But if Grullo was frustrated with the morning class, the afternoon class was worse – no one showed up!

“At tumigil ang mundo....nang Wala nang pumasok ngayong haponπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

Wala nang first honor... first honor netoπŸ˜‘πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

January 3,” the teacher wrote, sharing a photo of an empty classroom.

Teacher expresses frustration after only one student shows up after Christmas break
Photo credit: Chito Marquez Grullo / Facebook

The posts went viral, with netizens gently urging the teacher to just let the kids be kids. Thankfully, Grullo wasn’t as angry as he seemed to be on his Facebook posts. He told GMA News that he would let the students enjoy the last days of their ‘extended’ vacation but should be back in school on Monday, January 7.

Motivation to show up

In an earlier press conference, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary and spokesperson Annalyn Sevilla explained that the agency is not really worried about low attendance turnout on the first days after the Christmas break.

“Historically, we don’t have that problem in public schools because the schools are usually near the houses of the students – especially in elementary,” Sevilla explained.

Still, she encouraged school authorities to “make initiatives to motivate the students to show up” in school on the first day of classes after the Christmas break.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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