Is dancing in the Sinulog festival pulling down academic grades of Cebu City students?

Posted on February 1, 2012

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by Doris C. Bongcac, Chief of Reporters

 

Cebu City Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young thinks so.

He plans to sponsor an ordinance excluding public grade school and high school pupils from joining the annual competition of the
Sinulog sa Kabataan held every January.

He said the effect is shown in low test rates in the National Elementary Achievement Test (NEAT) and the National Achievement Test
(NAT).

“I think we can legislate to already put an age limit for Sinulog participants so only high school graduates can join the Sinulog,” he said.

A consolidated NEAT report shows that public schools that topped the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan Elementary Division ranked low in the annual exams given in March.

Young said he’s been sending memos to principals and teachers in all public schools in Cebu City urging them to not to hold  Sinulog dance practices during class hours but this went unheeded.

Sinulog organizers say the celebration won’t be complete without children dancing to show their devotion to the Sto. Nino.

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