MANILA, Philippines -- The problems of public education -- the lack of classrooms, teachers, books, comfort rooms and water -- welcome students every schoolyear.
These problems make it hard for them to focus and do well in class.
And if concentrating in a jam-packed classroom is not hard enough, what more if there are other reasons causing students to scratch their heads in class?
The University of the Philippines, together with the Department of Education, annually holds medical and dental checkups among elementary students. And yearly, dental caries or dental cavities and pediculosis or having head lice are found to be the most common problems among children aged 4 to 12.
In a school in Quezon City with a big population of elementary students, reporter Ryan Chua met quite a number of students with broken teeth and children teased because they have head lice.
One of them was Jerico, who said he could not concentrate in class because of the constant pain from his dental cavities.
What can be done to remove these obstacles that keep students from doing well in school?
Join Ryan Chua as he checks the children’s problems and finds solutions to a healthy and hygienic body in Patrol ng Pilipino, Tuesday night, after Bandila.
Source: Cherrie Ann Ongteco, Multimedia Producer, Patrol ng Pilipino via ABSCBN News Website