As I wrote a while back, two of my kids graduated from elementary school this year. That was a few weeks ago now, and I’ve been meaning to write about attending the graduation ceremonies, because it was an eye opener for me.
Over the past, I have been to Ateneo de Davao (ADDU) campus a number of times. My son Aaron goes to school at Ateneo. He has been attending ADDU ever since we lived in Davao. Ateneo is probably the best school in Davao, and even all of Mindanao.
My daughter, Jean, attended Ateneo in the past, but decided to transfer to Rizal Memorial College (RMC) a few years ago, it was her choice. RMC is a private school not far from my house. While it is a private school, RMC is much less expensive compared to ADDU. I have been outside of the RMC campus, but had never gone inside before.
Attending the ADDU Graduation was what I expected. Nice campus. Very well organized. First class facilities. There were nearly 500 kids graduating from Elementary School. The ceremony started with a full mass (it’s a Catholic school) followed by the graduation of nearly 500 kids. The entire ceremony, including the mass took almost 3 hours. This included giving a diploma to each kid individually, awards to various kids and such.
The following week, we attended the Graduation of Jean at RMC. As I said, this was my first time to visit the RMC Campus. I knew that it would be of a lower class compared to ADDU, but I was surprised at just how much difference there was.
At RMC there were 21 kids graduating. There was no mass. The ceremony took more than 2 hours! Organized? What is that? During the graduation, people were playing basketball in the same gym where the graduation was taking place! Some of the graduating kids were up in the bleachers running around and playing! It was totally unorganized. It was hot and uncomfortable. The wood floor of the gymnasium was rotten and the boards would give way under you. I was shocked at the sight of the place.
I don’t really regret having sent Jean to RMC, because she was not happy at ADDU. She did excel at RMC, which I am happy about. It gave her confidence, and a belief in herself. Next year, for high school, she is transferring to a better school, and I am sure that she will do well there. I know that she was happy during her time at RMC, and that makes me happy too.
So, if you are thinking of coming to live in the Philippines and you have kids, this just shows that there is a huge difference in the schools here. Just because a school is a private school doesn’t mean that it is of similar quality to other private schools.