Sanlakas Youth-UP Diliman supports D.R.O.P. Internship, a protest by students of the College of Human Kinetics in UP Diliman. The said campaign is being led by graduating Sports Science students against the unjust handling of SS 197 (Internship).
Below is the Primer lifted from their Facebook page.
The Department of Sports Science (DeSS) of the College of Human Kinetics, UP Diliman has failed to deliver relevant, meaningful, and functional learning experiences to its students in its Internship (SS 197) currently enrolled for this semester.
According to its course description, SS 197 was designed to give students “field experience as member of the coaching/training staff in sports teams and research/support staff in health, fitness and sports medicine centers.” Based on this, the objective is clear – to provide students with opportunities to practice and apply our knowledge and skills acquired from the past SS courses – with clear guidance from the professor.
In actual practice, this is not what’s happening. We are aggrieved by the incompetence of the professor in handling this course. We are much prejudiced by the requirements that are irrelevant, inappropriate, and largely inconsistent. Lastly, we have suffered the entire semester because of the teacher’s lack of integrity and regard for our development.
Raise P100,000. One of the requirements stated at the beginning of the semester is for the class to collectively produce P100,000 by organizing any type of event related to the Sports Science discipline. In itself, it is already questionable. It has no connection to the course description yet it was clearly stated that the ultimate objective of this requirement was to raise money. This requirement entails education in sports management and marketing both of which are not in our curriculum. Regardless of this fact, the professor gave us very little supervision throughout the activity. What’s worse is that this requirement was suddenly withdrawn by the professor in the middle of the semester without further explanation. When prompted, the teacher justified that raising 100,000 was only optional and it was simply a test of our planning skills.
250 Hours. Accomplishing a minimum number of 250 hours of different activities was the staple requirement in our Internship. The most pertinent experience had been fitness testing of PE classes and observing the track and field team. However, part of these 250 hours to be accomplished was the intention to make the students solder wires and saw pieces of metal (which actually happened) for the teacher’s projects. How that is relevant to “field experience as member of the coaching/training staff in sports teams and research/support staff in health, fitness and sports medicine centers” is not established.
2 Research Papers on Chronojump Technology. For this semester, students are taking SS 200 – Thesis and SS 197 – Internship simultaneously in compliance with the curriculum. The professor in SS 197 required his students to make two research papers in thesis format with proposal and defense. We reasoned out that this is too tasking and in turn, detrimental for the students in the long run. But what we deem as very unreasonable is it limits the students to research studies which must utilize the Chronojump Technology. The use of Chronojump Technology was made arbitrarily and whimsically. The teacher failed to justify, upon several inquiries, as to why it was the ONLY technology we can use. This burden was incumbent on the professor to explain the reason to us which he failed to overcome.
Non-deployment of interns in relevant institutions outside UP. Companies in need of interns and the students’ suggestions to conduct sports/fitness programs in barangays, sports centers, etc. reportedly approached the professor. These companies and suggestions were turned down by him. He said that the risks are not calculated and there is no supervisor. While we feel that the discretion is with the teacher, this is academic freedom wrongly exercised. Given that he gave us irrelevant requirements already, we feel that by limiting the learning to the confines of the university aggravated the already bad handling of the course.
We strongly believe that it is the responsibility of any academic institution to provide quality learning experiences to facilitate the growth and development of its students. In this connection, the academic institution should not be remiss in its duty to ensure that all their courses meet this requirement. For the country’s premier state university to fail in this duty is just unacceptable.
We expect nothing but the best in an internship course. For us, an internship should provide a venue for the students to put into practice the skills and knowledge that they have acquired inside the classroom. It should NOT be a venue to learn new & irrelevant skills like soldering, sawing pieces of metals, etc. It should encourage the students to use their critical thinking and decision making skills in various environments outside the college, such as sports teams, hospitals, community health, fitness, and sports medicine centers.
We condemn the reckless use of academic freedom by our teacher. The teacher gravely abused his discretion in an arbitrary and oppressive manner for this Internship class.
We promote academic excellence. In the pursuit of this principle, we refuse to be blind followers or assembly-line workers who will comply with the requirements of the class just for the sake of passing the course and graduating on time. In fact, we are protecting our interests and the interests of those who will take SS 197 by refusing to settle for anything less. We rightfully deserve and demand quality education, as Iskolar ng Bayan who are the future leaders for the advancement of Sports Performance, Exercise, Physical Fitness, and Health in the Philippines.
We are highly disappointed with the delayed action and passivity of the DeSS in addressing our complaint. We first approached our teacher several times voicing these concerns. These were brushed aside as unimportant. Then, we sent our letter of concern on December 1, 2011 to the department, and which resulted to a dialogue with the DeSS Chairman and some students on December 8. The concerns were discussed and the Chairman agreed to talk to the professor. However, there was no feedback from the concerned teacher nor proactive action from the department. As a result, we were compelled to initiate the D.R.O.P. protest to the CHK Executive Committee on January 18. It was only then that the Department Chairman responded by holding a round table discussion on January 31, which proved to be a fruitless exercise as it failed to arrive upon concrete resolutions.
With this background, we have voiced our concern to the right authorities in our college but all fell on deaf ears. We are suffering due to this inaction and passivity of DeSS.
We, supported by our parents, demand quality education that we rightfully deserve as Iskolar ng Bayan. We will not allow our grades, possible receipt of Latin honors, graduation on April, and academic growth to be compromised due to the failure of the DeSS to provide a structured, relevant and student-centered Internship. We will not drop SS 197. On the contrary, we rightfully demand DROP in the following:
D – Do leave our grades blank and approve our graduation this April
R – Review the handling of SS 197 by the current teacher and make necessary measures to avoid the same problems
O – Offer SS 197 on Summer AY 2011-2012
P – Present a well-prepared syllabus of SS 197
We invite the students and faculty of the College of Human Kinetics, especially those under the Department of Sports Science to join our protest against the inadequate handling of SS 197 by the teacher. We urge the academic community of UP Diliman to conduct a thorough and critical review of the Sports Science degree program particularly SS 197. We call upon every Iskolar ng Bayan to know the issue, get involved and support our fight for quality education.
How you can help:
You can show your support by doing any of the ff:
1. Like and share our Facebook page
2. Send a copy of your organization/council’s logo (to be included in our tarpaulin & page)
3. Write a statement and address it to the Department of Sports Science in CHK
4. Join our photo campaign by posting a photo of yourself/ your group with your message
5. For BSS/CHK students & faculty, please participate in our signature campaign