Computer games blamed for student dropouts
The Department of Labor and Employment in the city should endeavor to give the poverty-stricken students with temporary employment in households, establishments and malls. Other government agencies can also help by employing poor but deserving students either in their offices or in companies during the daytime.
As observed by teachers and parents, students cut classes in the mid-morning or afternoon so as to play in computer houses. They spend their food allowances on computer games and sacrifice their health as they would always miss food since their little money goes to computer games. They are already lazy to study at home since they are preoccupied with either watching or playing computer games.
City Councilors should pass an ordinance prohibiting computer houses within the radius of one or two kilometers from school as many students are tempted to play computer games as these are in front of the schools, colleges and universities.
A city ordinance requiring computer houses not to admit students during classes in the morning and the afternoon may help prevent them from cutting classes or be absent in school. The necessary penalty for computer houses violating the city ordinance may cause the closure of the establishment if the violation is repeated for three times. City school officials should do something before the situation runs out of control and the students' dropout is in alarming proportion. Parents and guardians can also help by requiring their children to come home after classes and limiting their daily allowances to transportation expenses.
The city government should also require computer houses to maintain a logbook so that teachers and parents can check on the computer houses how often their students and children go to computer houses. Strict enforcement should be done by the city government as well as the provincial government if only to save the future of our youth who are the hope of the fatherland.