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How Shall We Rate the School Athletes Participating in Athletic Meets?

There are some concerns about teachers and school officials that are threatening their representative athletes by indiscriminately deducting or refusing to give them grades/ratings while at the same time allowing them to participate in sports competitions. Could these teachers/school officials be held responsible for violating some rules? How should we address this issue?

Education Act of 1982 Rule III, Section 3 (e) mandated that teachers shall:

“…refrain from making deductions in the scholastic rating of pupils or students, for any act that is clearly not a manifestation of poor scholarship”.

On the same basis, special assistance should be given to learner-athletes who are representing their schools during sports competitions by giving them advanced lessons, special tests, self-learning modules, and the like to help them catch up with their lessons.

Since they are representatives of their respective schools, districts or divisions, I believe that they deserve special assistance and other incentives in many forms, no matter if they win or lose.

As teachers, we always have a part in the realization of DepEd’s objective to encourage potential pupils/student-athletes. This is in line with the national goal of the government as provided for under Section 19, Article XIV of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states:

“the state shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry. All educational institutions shall undertake regular sports activities throughout the country in cooperation with athletic clubs and other sectors.”

How Shall We Rate the School Athletes Participating in Athletic Meets?

While there’s no DepEd Order or Memorandum that gives specific guidelines on how the grades of these learner-athletes will be considered, some regional directors and schools division superintendents already took the initiative to address this confusion among teachers specifically.

Using DepEd Order No. 8, s. 2015 Sec V (d) as a basis, all subject teachers are encouraged to give the learner-athletes due consideration in all quizzes, activities, performance tasks on the dates that they are out on training and competitions. It has become a practice that the grades of the concerned athletes must be retained or increased.

Some strict teachers with very high regard for the subjects they are teaching may not buy the idea of giving considerations in rating the athletes. But if we can keep the big picture in mind, and factor in how the many benefits of physical activity and sports programs can help students, the good test scores will follow. When these positive health behaviors combine with improved academic performance, as noted in many pieces of research, it becomes clear that educators should prioritize youth sports as a win-win situation for the school and students.

Margarita Lucero Galias

Margarita L. Galias began her career in education as a high school math and physics teacher in Immanuel Lutheran High School in Malabon City and Manila Central University, Caloocan City before serving as a public school teacher in Sorsogon City in 1995. She was a university scholar and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Education, major in Math-Physics from De La Salle Araneta University. She also holds a master’s degree in Management, major in Administration and Supervision from Sorsogon State College. She is now currently employed in Mercedes B. Peralta Senior High School as a classroom teacher and a guidance counselor designate.

3 thoughts on “How Shall We Rate the School Athletes Participating in Athletic Meets?”

  1. What if the student-athlete didn’t comply with teaschers’ requirement, and the Sports teachers just want to consider them just because of the argument that the “student is an athelete”?

  2. Teachers who refuse to adhere to DO#8,s2015 must be re-oriented on the importance of sports participation and representation of students either in sports or any co-curricular activities. Self-centered teachers shall understand that education must be learner-centered.


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