As soon as he was through with the roll call, the professor called George in front to talk to him. As soon as George was near, the professor pulled out several sheets of paper from a manila envelope inside his attaché bag. He handed the papers to George.

“Mr. Ocampo, I’ve gone over your second completion report and it shows that you only changed the spelling of the encircled words or deleted them from your previous report. You had the entire two semesters to make up for your incomplete grade, and yet did not exert efforts for it. I am giving back your completion report and I’m giving you the last chance within our three-hour class period to look for the correct answers for this report. You can do your research outside or do whatever you can; no need to rewrite your report, you only have to tell me what the correct answers are and then I’ll give you your final grade.”

George went back to his seat and tried his best to decipher what the professor was looking for.

The professor proceeded to discuss the answers to the recently-concluded midterm examinations while the class checked their examination papers. The exam was easy; the student who got the highest was two points shy of a perfect score. Some fared well, some did fine but there are others who did poorly. All the while, George remained at his seat.

When the class activity was finally over, the professor again called George to check on his progress.

“So, do you have the correct answers now?”

“Sir, I… I don’t know. You see, the completion report… these are the answers I got from my research.”

“Are you insisting on your answers? Because if you do, I may as well give you your final grade now. Would you want that?”

“No, sir. But I got the answers from the internet and the book…”

“All right. If you say so, go find the website where you found your answers and tell me. Show me the book. If what you say is correct, then I will give you a grade of 2.5. Just like that. Otherwise, you get a failing grade.”

“… but Sir, I am a working student, and I told you about it even before; can you just extend some consideration? Please……”

“Mr. Ocampo, I have taken that into consideration when I gave you an incomplete grade for the subject. You got 61.25% average for that semester. It would not be fair if I gave you a passing grade now just because you are a working student. You need to do your part. You need to earn that grade. You need to prove you deserve it.”

“Ammm…. I guess, I just have to ask for some time sir… to go over my report and submit my completion again….”

“All right then. You have until Friday. See me at Room B3 321 where I have my Friday class starting 6pm.”

George was devastated. He was red in the face but his dark skin concealed it.

The professor maintained his composure. The students need to have their lessons and learn them well.

The professor hopes George finds the correct answers by Friday.

The professor hopes George makes the grade.

George hopes, too.

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  1. Good that the professor did not just buy that line… that he is just a “poor” working student, and so he needs to be extended utmost consideration, even at the expense of honest-to-goodness and proper education, because in reality, things do not end there. Problem with Pinoys, we’ve gotten so used to the idea of everything in an instant. instant coffee, instant mami, instant relationships, instant riches, instant grades. Kids nowadays probably don’t know what a real library with real books looks like. 😦

    I hope he finds the right answers by diligently doing research, and that he will finally earn the grade he wants.

    • di naman masama kung di na magrely sa library, given kung walang means to visit one because of time or financially hirap. maybe kelangan lang talaga magchange ang learning habits to help one develop better ways of acquiring the tricks of common knowledge…

      anyway, mas magaling ka d’yan kaya nga idol kita e!!!

      • hmmm…I think, dad, you focused only on that line where I mentioned how this generation has lost in touch with the real library with real books. I only mentioned that to illustrate my point that students have increasingly become so dependent on technology which has made almost everything instant.

        In any case, since di naman pumasa ang paawa niya (after being given time to complete his research) palagay ko naman he has already learned his lesson. And I am pretty sure that he will value his accomplishments more knowing he spent time, blood and sweat in order to achieve them.

        May kasabihan po tayo: pag may tiyaga… may magandang grades. Hehe.

  2. kuhrach

     /  September 9, 2011

    math functions ba ini? still couldn’t find the value of variables?

    • That was actually my first reaction, kuh. hahahha! naghahanap ako ng mga math functions ng Y at nang X.

  3. wala akong mai-comment. iniisip ko pa ang value ng mga variable. o_O

    hello hello, kuya tarbs!

  4. Hi Tarbs,

    Katulad ng madalas kong nararamdaman kapag nagbabasa ng blog mo, yun, I feel so confused! Lagi ko na lang iniisip na isa na naman to sa kaso mo na hindi ma-solve.

    Anyway, highway, dahil koment ko naman to eh wala kang magagawa kung anong sasabihin ko.

    Magaling ang tatay ko sa Math, Accountant kasi sya, at laging assumption na magaling sa Math ang mga accountant. Noong bata pa ako gusto ko din maging accountant katulad ng tatay ko pero hindi nya ako pinayagan. Hindi ko na matandaan kung anong dahilan ng tatay ko basta ayaw nya akong maging accountant kaya ang kinuha ko noong college ay Statistics na medyo nasa line ng Math pa din.

    Kelan ko lang din nalaman na yang mga accountant na yan ay may kinukuhang exam para maging CPA. Kelan ko lang din nalaman na kumuha dati ng exam ang tatay ko para maging CPA pero hindi sya nakapasa. Ang conclusion ko? Ayaw nya akong maging accountant dahil baka maging CPA ako pero sya ay hindi nakapasa.

    Maygawwwd! Sana hindi ito makita ng tatay ko!

    Thanks and best regards,


  5. honestly, napagdaanan ko to. pero not to the point na i already have a grade waiting for me just figure out what the professor was asking for. i had the chance to improve it and awa ng d’yos, i evenutally flunked it na lang. i realized kasi di pala sya really credited dun sa course na lilipatan ko. hehehe

    heniways, di yun patawa ah kasi talagang i got a 5.0 but ironically, i didn’t mind about it and i was still smiling.

    so seriously… i do hope George gets his senses straight and ends up getting sana a better grade than 2.5. wala naman kasing poor learning e, maybe just poor habits to acquire good knowledge.

    and take note walang X and Y dito ha?

  6. iba yung naiisip kong ending…

    PS: may attache bag pala 😀


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