November 9, 2017 4:55am CST
That was what I uttered when a student who was absent last Friday told me his reason why he did not give me his admission slip that should be taken from their prefect of discipline in school yesterday since classes already resumed. I asked him why he was absent; his reason was unacceptable for me. He said he was not able to sleep at night and he slept at 6AM. The reason was online games. Because he did not submit his admission slip, he is still considered absent today, and unless he gives me his slip tomorrow, he is still absent, and that will be 3 absences- last Thursday, today, and tomorrow. (3 absences is equivalent to 3 make-up duties, and 1 make-up duty costs P320.) How do you deal with somebody’s unacceptable reason for his absence or tardiness?
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yes, and in my case, he is just a student. this morning, he also came in super-late at 7:45. i asked him why he was so late, he answered that he woke up at 7am. i once again scolded him with a raised voice, and even told him to shift his course to something wherein punctuality is not a requirement.
• Johannesburg, South Africa
He admitted that he was absent because he spent the night playing online games? He must think he is very funny. I hope he has the extra cash for make-up duties. He should be ashamed that he is not focused on his studies and duties!
• United States
Wow. That is one very poor excuse. I taught in elementary and middle schools. If a student had a poor excuse for an absence, there was not much I could do. Parents ruled in those schools. The schools were in very affluent suburbs, therefore, the administrators did not want to upset the parents.
I think your student is not interested with his schooling I really felt bad about seeing or knowing students who less cares about their studies because they can afford to pay those school fees without a problem while others is working so hard to earn for their own schooling expenses In my own opinion, giving him suspension will not wake him up from his irresponsible act but the idea of 3 make up duties is a good idea to me