Going out on a field trip is one of the most looked forward event for a student. Riding an airconditioned tourist bus and taking a trip to someplace else other than the school grounds is heaven sent for the unrelentless pupil.
Field trips have always been part of the school curriculum and not being able to join one is definitely a bummer.
I could still remember the number of times I wasn’t able to attend a school field trip due to financial shortcomings. And now being a dad to a grade schooler expounds my understanding of my folks inherent denial of my attendance to several of these travelties.
Money matters will be the usual suspect for not allowing your child to join one but the ultimate and usually taken for granted reason is the school’s responsibility on the safety of their pupils.
More often than not, itineraries were no longer sought after by most students. Many if them have been to these familiar field trip destinations and repeat visits are no longer practical lest a waste of time and money. That is why some schools are scheduling bi-annual out-of-the-classroom exposures while some no longer practice the school tradition.
There were small stories told of accidents from various educational institutions. Only a few were shared out in the open for it may affect their stature and eventually result in the loss of trust and integrity from their pupils and their parents. Needless to say, accidents do happen everywhere else but what most of us parents expect is a responsible educational institution that will seek the welfare of their students. And if they do happen, we look forward that our kids will be taken care of more than we do.
There are rumors that the Philippine senate is thinking of legislating a bill that will regulate or even prohibit school field trips this is in light with the recent events that happened when a bus-full of students collided with two other vehicles traversing the dangerous road of Baguio killing and injuring most of its passengers.