A true story of perseverance: Mom, Daughter Graduates Simultaneously

 03 - 31 - 14
Inspire News

A mother and her daughter received their high school diplomas from a national secondary school in Muntinlupa City during the commencement exercises recently. In an interview with Abner Mercado of ABS-CBN news program, Maricel Bautista, 36, and her daughter, Joana, expressed so much happiness for having achieved their dreams of finishing high school.

Maricel and Joana were among the students who enrolled at the Muntinlupa City Open High School Program. The Open High School Program (OHSP) is part of the distance learning program started in 1998 by the Department of Education (DepEd) to reduce drop out rates due to certain factors.
Maricel said she would no longer pursue college education, saying she will just devote her time and effort to send Joana to college. She said Joana wants to enroll in a Criminology course.

Maricel was given a “Model Student” award by the Muntinlupa National High School, for her perseverance in acquiring education in spite of her age and status in life.

“I am so proud of my mother, I saw how she strived hard for both of us to finish high school,” Joana said.
Ryan de la Cruz, adviser of Joana, said anyone would be inspired of the achievement of Maricel, who pursued her studies despite of her age, at the same time seeing to it that her daughter finishes high school too.
In an Open High School Program, there are two modes of learning offered to students. One is by giving them the teaching modules, wherein the student studies it at home. He is given assignments , which he submits to his adviser on certain agreed dates. The tests are also done that way, and it is being evaluated by the teacher adviser.

Another is through online teaching. Where the student and teacher uses the internet. The student could just use e-mail to submit his assignments or test answers. The adviser evaluates the performance of the student if he is qualified for the next school level.

The Open High School Program is aimed at reducing drop out rates, which are mostly due to economic reasons, distance from school, and other factors. It also aimed at reducing illiteracy in the country.

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