02 April 2007

Nikki Coseteng on Education

“I’ve learned more about education in the past two months that I’ve been running the Diliman Preparatory School than I learned in all those years of studying in school and working in government,” said senatorial candidate Anna Dominique “Nikki” Coseteng to me in an exclusive interview last February [2007].

Coseteng has been president of Diliman Preparatory School only since Dec. 4, 2006. The school has more than 3,000 students, from preparatory to high school, and even offers two years of post-secondary education.

Except for its being hard to get to from Commonwealth Avenue due to MMDA’s pink roadblocks, the school is one of the country’s best. It became famous some years ago when it became one of the first schools to voluntarily license its computer software in compliance with the Intellectual Property Code.

When people commend her for the school’s being “world-class,” Coseteng immediately retorts, “It’s Philippine-standard. Why is it that, when things are in order, we say it is world-class? Does it mean that, when things are in disarray, that is Philippine-standard?”

Coseteng has certainly put things in order in the school. When I visited the school, I could not help but notice how clean it was. How does she do it? I learned the trick from Coseteng herself. I saw her go up to a group of students and point to the litter around them. In effect, she stares down students, making them feel guilty for not caring for their environment. Students themselves prevent other students from littering, to avoid being embarrassed and having to clean up other people’s junk. The need for paid janitors is minimized.

What has Coseteng learned from running a school? She learned that there are three areas that need immediate attention.

First, she put in place a training program for teachers this summer, to prepare them for next schoolyear. She hopes to introduce reforms in the way teachers teach mathematics, for example. Instead of drawing straight lines, curved lines, circles, squares, and triangles on the blackboard, teachers will use, starting June, actual cultural objects that students can appreciate. For example, she wants teachers to use a photograph of Kennon Road or a print of Van Gogh to illustrate curved lines, a picture of the pyramids to teach triangles, and a Mindanao weave to show what a square or rectangle looks like. In technical terms (which she never uses), what she wants to do is to do Content-Based Mathematics.

Although she admits to not being a math wiz, Coseteng understands the importance of math in the curriculum. In fact, she has ordered the brightest pupils in each grade or year level to be placed in a special section, so that they do not get bored.

“In each class,” says Coseteng, “there are Ferraris, Volkswagens, and carretelas. Everyone is a Ferrari, but in a different field. We have to develop the Ferraris in their particular fields.” In her school, students are streamed according to their aptitude and ability. Even without using the buzz phrases “multiple intelligences” and “homogeneous grouping,” Coseteng has put in place a system that does not discriminate against the verbally-challenged.

Second, Coseteng has moved to address the lack of analytical thinking in classrooms, by discouraging low-level questioning and exercises. For example, instead of a teacher asking pupils to describe what they see in a photograph, teachers now ask what is not shown in the photograph or what is just outside the borders of the photograph. Instead of pupils merely coloring dress outlines in books, teachers now tell pupils, “Here is a child. Draw her (or his) clothes.” The pupils are thus forced to use their imagination and to think outside the box.

Third, Coseteng has paid particular attention to the textbooks used in the school. She discovered problems with the textbooks that are much more serious than mere errors in facts or grammar. One textbook exercise, for example, says: “My brother is a he. My sister is a she. If he becomes a she and she becomes a he, it is funny.”

“We are teaching kids to be liars, hypocrites, and bigots,” Coseteng complains, “by teaching them to discriminate against gays, for example.”

Coseteng points to a textbook that says that the Crusades brought civilization to the believers in Islam. “What about the pillage?” she asks, incensed by the pro-Christian bias of textbooks.

Believing that schoolchildren have the right to an aesthetically pleasant and educationally-sound campus, Coseteng has also introduced physical innovations in her school. She brought the grade school blackboards down to the level of the students, instead of the usual level convenient to teachers. To save costs of airconditioning and blinds, she asked students to paint their own classroom windows to keep out the sun. She plans to have murals done along the walls of what she calls “Learning Corridors,” with information that all literate citizens are expected to know. Again, without using the buzz phrases “core knowledge” or “cultural literacy,” she is working towards a knowledge-based campus.

What Coseteng is advocating and has implemented in her own school is what education theorists would call “Creative Reading” or “Culture-Based Teaching.” To her credit, the jargon is noticeably absent from Coseteng’s vocabulary. What she is passionate about as far as education is concerned comes from watching schoolchildren in other schools transforming from creative individuals to miseducated herd members. In her school, she wants children to remain creative.

About language, her stand is clear and realistic: all Filipinos, she says, should be articulate in both Filipino and English. If she is reelected to the Senate, we can be assured that she will focus on student welfare and not yield to the recruitment demands of a small portion of the business community. (First published in The Philippine Star, 8 March 2007)


156 comments:

mynes said...

One of the best thing that I like in a day is to read a fine blog like yours. I was educated in this fine institution and believe me, it's a real different world we have compared to other institutions. If Ms Coseteng is making a big fight on education, well and good. I can't wait for the day that all our students value the education as we did years ago. Ms. Coseteng's action of bringing the school to the next level is something that we Filipinos should be proud of. I'll check on the next news regarding this matter but thanks for posting this valuable information in your blog :-)

The Juz said...

I really hope that our senatorial candidates will keep their promise(s).especially Ms Coseteng whose main platform, if i'm not mistaken, is education.

her three points that she wants to change is nice. especially if it will let the students think outside of their suffocating-four-cornered box, and will render creative skills to them.

i also agree with bilingualism. we (Filipinos) should focus not only in English alone--even though Call Centers and job oppurtunity abroad are increasing and increasing--but to Filipino language as well.

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Milpitas, CA

bernie_ong2007@yahoo.com said...

I see DPS in a different perspective as compared to what you have written. I've heard a lot of comments from parents whom i used to hang out with and they are totally dismayed with what is happening in the school at present. The school collects questionable fees that add to the burden of parents without getting anything in return concerning the education of their children. There are a lot of activities instead of concentrating on the academic matters. Since she is a former politician and a businesswoman as well, does she really know how to manage an educational institution? Or she is just a politician who just keeps on talking? What do you know about education? You're not even a college graduate! Anyway, we will definitely not enroll our kids in dps next school year.

Anonymous said...

Well with what I have observe Ms. Coseteng is doing is not more on the academic aspect of EDUCATION it is more on the beautification of tahe school surroundings. Instead of putting so many chairs in tha canteen and around the school premisses why not first change the classroom chairs which are not in good condition and some are even destroyed and the students are still using it. Parents are dismayed at Ms. Coseteng because she doesn't know how to accept constructive criticsm and suggestions from parents. What the parents expected from her is that she should also listen to their woes and complaints. What the parents feel talking to her is that they are talking to a blank wall. As a former politician We parents expect more from her, we want to feel that she can listen to us as well as the students.

bevadne@yahoo.com said...

Lots of parents at Diliman Preparatory School are dismayed with how the scool is run by Miss Nikki Coseteng. They have observed that the school is concentrating more on the extra curricular activities. They have excerted more efforts in programs and the likes. Linggo ng Wika was celebrated for one week, United Nation Week was also celebrated for one whole week with different programs and activites everyday, and lastly now the foundation day was celebrated for nine days having the students practice their dances for one whole week with no lessons at all. Our fears as parents is that the school is concentrating more on cultural presentation than why not make the school as a school for the arts because the basic aspect of education was already forgotten.

Evan said...

As the president of Diliman Preparatory School Miss Coseteng should know her priorities and obligation in shaping the minds of the students. Education is more on academics and not on programs and activities. I agree that sometimes student should have an extra curricular activities sometimes but not as often as the school celebrates every events for one whole week. As parents we already called the attention of Miss Nikki Coseteng regarding this activities that she should lessen on celebrating every events that comes for one whole week, but she doen't listen. Parents are not that rich to buy costumes every week. Pleas, please concentrate on giving the students what they need. They enrolled in your school to learn and not to learn to dance and sing.

Amy said...

If Nikki Coseteng will not change her way, she will be surprised that there will be no more enrollees in her school. I've heard that there are lots of parents who are now asking for certificate of good moral character of their children that means that they will be transferring their children to a better school than that of Diliman Preparatory School. Before it was a better school before Miss Coseteng became the President. The consentration was more on academics than that of extra-curricular activities and there were no such thing as solicitating money from parents to support her projects which are we think as parents is not that necessary for the school. She bought so many wooden chairs and put it around the campus. Why not concentate on improving the classrooms and putting a better chair for the students. Hope Miss Coseteng will listen to suggestions this time and not be a SPOILED BRAT that what she wants is what she gets. No man is an island Listen. . listen. .

Anonymous said...

the end is near..? syang nman jan p nmn ako galing

Anonymous said...

Yes diyan din ako galing ... di naman ganyan diyan noon. Kilala yan as one of the best school in quezon city but what's happening sayang naman ang legacy ng mother niya kung masisira lang ang reputation ng school dahil sa luho ni Miss Coseteng. I'm really disappointed at whats happening to the school. Sayang talaga. . .

Anonymous said...

When Nikki Coseteng took over, everyone was expecting better days to come to dps. But what happened was the awful opposite. She hired and continuously hires unscrupulous individuals who have questionable character and credentials, giving them a salary of about 80 thousand a month for doing nothing at all except to praise her and constitute her alleluia brigade. Had she used the money in increasing the salary of teachers and loyal senior admin officers, she could have earned the loyalty of these people who spent the best years of their lives in serving DPS. There are a lot of questionable projects like epip, additional magazines which bring nothing to the children's development but pure trash and a rehash of textbook contents at the expense of parents hard earned income and other despicable ventures. Wala na ba talagang aatupagin ang administration ni Cseteng at Ventura kundi mangolekta at mangolekta ng pera sa aming mga parents???? Doon ba kinukuha ang daan libong pasweldo sa mga tuta niya na karay karay niya ng maging pangulo siya ng DPS? Hay baka hindi magtagal pag hindi nagbago ang palakad nila sa DPS susunod na sila sa OLGM na nagsara dahil sa mismanagement ng mga namumuno. Kawawang DPS... I will definitely not enrol my children in DPS punta na lang kami sa miriam or ateneo at least mas sosyal sun kahit mahal tuition

Anonymous said...

I won't be surprise that one of these days Diliman Prep will close because of missmanagement. All the business of Miss Coseteng closed when she was the one managing it she doen't know how to handle a business. All she knows is partying and having fun and thats what she's doing with the management of the school all fun and activities sacrificing the academic aspect of education. What are the people doing around her they are paid to praise her and not advise her how to manage the business. I hope her Mom will haunt her and do something about it.

ganda said...

I'm one of the parents of Diliman Preparatory School. All of the negative opinions about Ms. Cosetengs administration are not true. I know personally some of the teachers in that school. Most of them are hardworking, dedicated, and committed to serve the students with quality and standards. About Mam Nikki, she is a very hyper President. She is thinking of a lot of things in order to improve DPS. But of course, it should be done in a gradual manner. I think those negative impressions/opinions are brought about by the big changes in management and planning style of the President but one thing is very sure the teachers in DPS are doing their very best for the pupils academic and holistic development. I love DPS and Im happy that my children are enrolled in this school.

Anonymous said...

Wala namang perpektong sistema ang kahit na anong institusyon, pribado man o publiko. Lahat ng bagay ay napag-aaralan at natutuhan. Kung tutulong tayo sa halip na maninira, maaayos din and lahat. Ang diliman prep school ay isa ng matatag na eskwelahan, isa itong korporasyon na hindi basta basta babagsak katulad ng sa OLGM. Kung mismanagement ang tawag nyo sa pamamalakad ni Ms. Coseteng, eh ano ang tawag nyo sa paninirang ginagawa nyo samantalang naka enroll at nag-aaral ang mga anak nyo sa eskwelahang ito. Hindi nababawasan ang kalidad ng edukasyong ibinibigay ng eskwelahang ito, kundi nadadagdagan lang ang mga ilang magulang na masyadong reklamador, demanding at feeling showbiz reporter na wala ng alam na gawin kundi maghintay ng pagkakamali ng iba at itsika. Bakit di na lang kyo tumulong kesa manira. Angal kayo ng angal eh dito rin naman nyo pinag-aaral mga anak nyo...ano yun?!

Anonymous said...

I'm one of the parents of Diliman Prep School. My two kids are enrolled there.Ms. Coseteng as I see her everyday moving around the campus, I can say that she is a hyper type of a President. She think and act fast. A lot of changes are being done to make DPS improve not only in the facilities but also in the academics. Her style of management brought about negative impressions. But I think not all of those are true. As I visit the school everyday, people in DPS are continuously working. No waste hours or time. I have spoken and known some of the teachers. Most of them are very dedicated, committed, for sure pupils/students are well taken care of. DPS teachers are surely serving the students to the best that they can. Planning and targeting the lessons to be discussed are their priorities. They really love children. About the activities, those events done this year are being implemented every year. The only additional is that the UN celebration was given more importance. The Presidents objective is to expose the students not only to the well known countries but also those that belong to the undeveloped ones or in the THIRD WORLD group. The President has many plans with the school's improvement but the process should be done gradually. Academics should be number one in the list then followed by facilities, etc.I love DPS because my kids love this school also. Thay are enjoying their stay in DPS.

plankton said...

can't say the same thing as what "ganda" said. i'm afraid Ms. Coseteng has really brought HAVOC and DEGRADATION to the school that I was once proud to have my child enrolled in. lagi na lang comment niya since Ms. Coseteng took over: WALA KAMING GINAGAWA SA SCHOOL KUNDI MAG-PRAKTIS SA SAYAW (or whatever cultural activity). sure, they have academics & tests...but since they DEVOTE TOO MUCH TIME FOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, they're always CRAMMING when exam week nears! ANONG KLASENG PAG-AARAL BA ANG GUSTONG IPAMUDMOD NIYA SA MGA BATA? holistic development is all right, as long as there's a BALANCE between academics and non-academics. ANO ANG MAPAPALA NG ANAK KO KUNG MAGALING NGA SIYANG SUMAYAW PERO SA 3-R'S MAHINA SIYA???

parents had high expectations when Ms. Cosetengcame on board, but sad to say, she isn't even up to par. worse, she DOESN'T LISTEN TO WHAT THE PARENTS ARE SAYING and always insists on having her own way. dapat, bumaba siya mula sa ivory tower niya at MAKINIG sa mga hinaing ng mga magulang na tuld ko.

eto lang ang ma-she-share ko sa kanya (at sa lahat ng makabasa):

"Three outstanding attitudes –

• obliviousness to the growing disaffection of constituents
• primacy of self-aggrandizement
• the illusion of invulnerable status

– are persistent aspects of folly."

- Barbara Tuchman, The March of Folly (sana nagbabasa si Ms. Coseteng ng mga ganitong klaseng libro)

Makabayan said...

To miss Ganda who ever you are I think you are the only one to praise the management of Miss Coseteng we as parents has no grudge on the teachers of our children they really are hardworking, dedicated and want to teach our children but as Miss Coseten dictates they concentrate more on programs where are you from have you asked your children lately of what they are doing in school. Ever since the semestral break my child did not do anything but to practice a dance or a song.Everytime he comes home fro school I check his notebooks and ther nothing there and when I asked him he says " They just practice some dance and watch some plays and shows on TV.There was even a time that he said they watch WOWOWEE in school and I was shocked. Maybe you are the only parent who don't follow up on your children's activity in school. As to the teachers that you know I don't believe that you know a lot of them. Because I also know a lot of the teachers and they think differently. Maybe your are one of those being paid to praise MISS COSETENG. Wake up and not try to side with her. You maybe surprise that one day your child is ignorant on the true meaning of EDUCATION. We are not trying to belittle the teachers or MISS COSETENG but we are trying to get what we are paying for, EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN and not extra curricular activities. Hope you wake up and not be a paid PR for MISS COSETENG>

Spongebob said...

To Miss Ganda.. your are just a needle on the haystock so whatever your opinion is does not count. Why not talk to some of the parents I think they have the same opinion and complaint regarding the way our children are being educated at Diliman Preparatory School. i AGREE with Plankton that there should be a balance between extra curricular activities and academic aspect of education. We as parents want our children to get the best education that the school can provide thats why we enroll to a school that provides that. That's why I enrolled my child at Diliman because I heard that it is a good school but eversince MISS COSETENG took over the management of the school the true aspect of education was forgotten. It came from her mouththat she wants to concentrate on CULTURAL LITERACY and wants education outside the classroom yes that would be good if you can relate culture with Math. If you are familiar with the different style of education here in the Philippines, there is the Montessori way of learning wherein the students study on their on pace, we have the waldorf style where in they don't use textbook in school but instead they use what ever is available in school that is related to their subjects and there are lots that if I will mention here the space is not enough. Try to research on it but I did not encounter the style that Miss Cosenetng wants to do with the students of her school. She should try to listen to parents and students so she knows what is happenning to her school. Try to get out of your glass enclosure. And to you Miss Ganda try to talk to your children and not to the teachers that you know find out if they have learn a lot lately. I pity your children if they are contented with what they are doing in school now. Maybe they are the students who likes to dance and sing and not read their books.

Anonymous said...

Hindi kami naninira. Kaya nga kami nagcocomment para mapansin ang mga dapat baguhin at ayusin para mapabuti ang kalidad ng pag-aaral sa DPS. Ang kaso di naman marunong tumangap ng suggestion si MISS COSETENG. Kung ano ang kagustuhan niya yun ang nasusunod. Oo may mga programs nung last year pero di naman katulad ngayon ang emphasis na wala ng lessons ang mga bata dahil pinapraktis nila ng matagal ang iprepresent nila. Siguro ang mga anak ninyo eh di mahilig mag-aral kaya nag eenjoy sila sa kalakaran ng school ngayon, na more on Cultural activities. Tama ba na pilitin mong manood ang mga bata sa mga naging accomplishments ni MISS COSETENG simula pa nung hawakan niya ang Mariwasa at U-tex instead of doing their lessons in the classroom. In the first place di naman naiintindihan yan ng mga Grades 1 to 3 so instead na makinig sila naglalaro na lang sila. Yan ba ang sinasabi mong magandang pagbabago sa school. You don't know anything sabihin mo na turuan namin mga anak namin instead na manira. Bakit ikaw tsineck mo din ba notebook ng anak mo lately. May naisulat ba sila simula nung sem break nila wala. Ang huling lesson ng anak ko yung bago magsem break.

plankton said...

new year (2008) na - i hope (against all hope!) that with the change of calendars, the way Nikki Coseteng "handles" (or "manhandles") the school will also change FOR THE BETTER. sadly, as of now, mukhang ganun pa rin. in fact, sa unang bugso pagpasok ng bagong taon, exams kaagad yung anak ko SA MGA LESSONS NA HINDI NAMAN NILA NAARAL SA CLASSROOM KASI PANAY ANG PRAKTIS NILA SA SAYAW NUNG MGA NAKARAANG ARAW LAST YEAR! Siyempre, CRAMMING NA NAMAN kami sa pagtu-tutor sa bata! Eh mas marami pa kaming naituturo sa anak namin kesa sa guro nila ah! Kung ganon, DAPAT SIGURO SWELDUHAN KAMI NI NIKKI COSETENG! Ano bang klaseng estudyante ang gustong niyang ihulma sa eskwelahan niya?!?! Yung instant na tumatalino kahit hindi nag-aaral basta marunong sumayaw?!?! Hindi sa minamaliit ko yung mga nasa similar fields of professional entertainment...iba lang ang pangarap ko sa anak ko -- kasi ayoko siyang maging cultural dancer paglaki niya -- pero ganito yata ang gusto ni Nikki Coseteng sa lahat ng mga mag-aaral ng DPS!

Parang awa mo na, Nikki Coseteng, baguhin mo na yang style mo sa pamamahala sa eskwelahan. Hindi naman ganyan dati, bago ka nag-"take over". Talagang hindi na nakakatuwa yung mga pamamalakad mo.

At isa pa: wag mo sanang gawing bodega o tambakan yung school ng mga kahoy na muwebles mo. Kawawa yung mga punong pinutol dahil lang sa kapritso mo.

Anonymous said...

As i have observed as parents i am bothered by this so many logs that Miss Coseteng is putting around her school. There are so many that I am a bit scared regarding the safety of my child inside the campus. Kasi grabe sa laki tapos nakakalat pa sa campus kaya pag labasan na ng mga bata kulang na ng space sa dami ng mga kahoy na malalaki kang makikita sa campus isa pa naglalaro ang mga bata eh kung mahulog sila o mabagsakan ng mga kahoy na yan. Para naman di nagiisip itong si Miss Coseteng ang campus ay para sa students hindi para gawin mong tambakan ng mga kahoy na di na kasya sa bahay mo. In the first place what will you do with those big logs. This is a school not a sawmill. Why not concentrate in improving the classrooms instead. hope you will listen this time.

Anonymous said...

What can Miss Coseteng do for me as parent will have a change of heart and not transfer my child to a better school than Diliman Prep. School. Thats why i enrolled my child in this school because I know this is a good school but since Miss Coseteng took over the management of this school it has change. Students are not encourage to study anymore but instead they are encourage more to have cultural presentations and the likes. Ayun ngayon ngacracramming na ang mga teachers para mameet nila ang mga lessons na na miss nilang ituro for one month that is thje lessons that our children should have taken before the christmas break. Kaya binibigay na lang nila sa exam kahit di nila naituro kasi kasali dapat yun para sa 3rd quarter. Kaya kawawa naman kaming parents kami ang nag aaugment sa mga lessons na namiss ituro ng mga teachers para masunod ang kapritso ni Miss Coseteng na kailangan magprogram ng magprogram para maipagyabang ang mga ginawa niya sa campus ang nagsusuffer ay ang academic aspect ng school. School ang Diliman Prep hindi ito park na kailangan ang madaming kahoy. Kung pupunta ka sa Gym makikita mo ang mga high school students na nagdadate minsan nakahiga na sila sa mga upuan na nilagay ni Miss Coseteng. Libre na nga naman sila sa pamasahe may pagdadatetan na sila nakahiga pa.

Anonymous said...

There is a dengue outbreak at Diliman Preparatory School and one student died as parent we were expecting that the administration will di something about it at least fumigate the whole campus but up to now they did not make a move. They are even denying the fact that there is dengue mosquito in the school. How can they explain that there are at least four students who had dengue all from high school department. PLEASE do something about this and not be in denial

Anonymous said...

sad to say but there are really a lot of students not enrolling again in the school because of the deteriorating educational system of the school. even a number of faculty members already resigned from the school.

many faculty members said that there is no training for the teachers to help them continue to develop professionally. they said that they are not able to practice what being a true teacher is because, instead of academic lessons, they are asked to do other things like selling products and tickets, designing rooms for different programs and contests, practicing the students for sooooo many extra-curricular actvities and a lot of other things they are not supposed to do as teachers. the teachers felt so guilty about this for they know exactly that they are not giving the students proper education; so as a result, they just decided to resign.

for the students, many of them really felt the lack of academic lessons because of the many curricular activities offered by the school. imagine celebrating an activity for one whole month. that means, the students are asked to practice for like two to three weeks and after that celebrating an affair for a week. this gave them no time for study. so many students felt surprised during exam week. normally teachers discuss lessons as fast as they can without really ensuring the mastery of the lessons.

a lot of other issues need to be considered. sure, diliman preparatory school USED TO BE a good school. but sad to say, NOT anymore TODAY. if the administration will not address these concerns by the parents, teachers, and students, the school will really come to an end........

Anonymous said...

well said and well taken. That is our concern as parents, we've been complaining for a year but it fell on deft ears. Yung mga tuta depensa ng depensa di nila pag aralan ang reklamo ng mga magulang. San gumawa sila ng paraan at least kahit papaano may nangyari sa school. Bumaba na nga ang standard nagtaas pa sila ng tuition fee. wala na talaga. I've heard that the enrollees this year decreased and that the best teachers resigned. What will happen to Diliman Prep now.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that the price of the computer book in Diliman is too expensive and yet we are not getting our moneys worth. If you will observe the computer book is not worth 1,000 at all. The pages of the book is made of brown paper that is of low quality. They should be ashamed to collect such amount. I will try to call CAL about this.

Anonymous said...

I am a DPS alumna since March 2008, as a student,I cannot judge DPS for its very good curriculum and high standards. It really trained me for college, it help me be competitive more than other students, in short, I stand out.

But in a way, I would confess, I myself was not a fan of DPS, I'm one of those who criticize more than who praise.

I would testify that Ms. Felicitas Ventura (Executive Directress) is a white lady behind Sen. Nikki Coseteng for she interrupts the voices of those students (Student Council)who suggests better ideas for the sake of DPS.

I would also testify that instead of replacing new arm chairs for every classrooms, the shcool opt to buy alot of wooden chairs and furniture that are all "wala ng mapaglagyan".

Aside from that, its true that the Linggo ng Wika is spent as Buwan ng Wika, Foundation Week becomes Foundation month, there are too much attention given in extra curricular activities that even the teachers and students can't take it.

It ruins the academic calendar, the lesson plans..worst it give tons of loads for the students who have to make up for the past days they missed in class in a short period of time such as two weeks.

The tuition fee increased up to 60,000 pesos.. with their policy "No Permit, No exam" While the "Permit" is issued when a student have paid his tuition fee. the point is in DPS its not true that Education is first than anything else opposing what Coseteng said that "Sa Diliman Preparatory School, Edukasyon muna bago tuition fee" and for that, I hate being a Dilimanian.

The students, alumni, parent and teachers are all dismayed for this mismanagement.. and we all have the thought "Ang DPS ang susunod na OLGM" which means, in five years of so, like the Our Lord's Grace Montessori School, DPS will close down"

by Joyce Calayag, DPS Alumna batch 2008

Anonymous said...

I am a DPS alumna since March 2008, as a student,I cannot judge DPS for its very good curriculum and high standards. It really trained me for college, it help me be competitive more than other students, in short, I stand out.

But in a way, I would confess, I myself was not a fan of DPS, I'm one of those who criticize more than who praise.

I would testify that Ms. Felicitas Ventura (Executive Directress) is a white lady behind Sen. Nikki Coseteng for she interrupts the voices of those students (Student Council)who suggests better ideas for the sake of DPS.

I would also testify that instead of replacing new arm chairs for every classrooms, the shcool opt to buy alot of wooden chairs and furniture that are all "wala ng mapaglagyan".

Aside from that, its true that the Linggo ng Wika is spent as Buwan ng Wika, Foundation Week becomes Foundation month, there are too much attention given in extra curricular activities that even the teachers and students can't take it.

It ruins the academic calendar, the lesson plans..worst it give tons of loads for the students who have to make up for the past days they missed in class in a short period of time such as two weeks.

The tuition fee increased up to 60,000 pesos.. with their policy "No Permit, No exam" While the "Permit" is issued when a student have paid his tuition fee. the point is in DPS its not true that Education is first than anything else opposing what Coseteng said that "Sa Diliman Preparatory School, Edukasyon muna bago tuition fee" and for that, I hate being a Dilimanian.

The students, alumni, parent and teachers are all dismayed for this mismanagement.. and we all have the thought "Ang DPS ang susunod na OLGM" which means, in five years of so, like the Our Lord's Grace Montessori School, DPS will close down"

by Joyce Calayag, DPS Alumna batch 2008

Anonymous said...

im a student in dPS from 2004
i was kind of impressed by the education and facilities done first at school when i first enrolled here. so i continued studying at dps until now which is 2008 i had a korean friend who transferred together with me at 2004 he was satisfied also even though he had difficulties in studying filipino he tried hard
until he went to high school and dps started having special classes for foreigners who are having difficulties in studying filipino
so he was also impressed although the tuition fee is p6000 for just special class but still he had no problems anymore but in this year including me my friends and my foreign friend was shocked cause of the arise of tuition fee to almost p60000 which was just p30000 last year and i found out that it was because of improvements and fevelopment of the facilities they say... which we dont think so.. even until now the comfotrooms are still in construction which students are having problems cause of it. and all i could think of the "improvements" they say is just installment of airconditioner which most of the private schools should have.. i've got nothing to say anymore i was shocked but for my entire school years from past years to now since i have many memories here i enrolled even it was verY expensive and ofcourse i expected some inprovements of educational systems and other stuffs but nothing changed from it only the office of the Nikki Coseteng's office was moved to a great place with great office, i was kind of mad and wanted to say that what is she really thinking?? because the filipino class for foreigners tuition fee also increased p4000 just because of the aircon.... all i want to say is that i hope she still have somthing in her mind that could make students mind at peace and let them concentrate at their studies.. this is my honest comment

cynthia said...

ganon pa rin ba sa dps?
honestly, we tranferred our child from dps coz we cannot afford the high tuition fee, but we were considering coming back next year, if we get to save enough money, since i believe that dps is one of the best schools in the metro, within the 'affordable range' since maryknoll or ateneo is in the 100,000 range.
a co parent who's child stayed at diliman told me that the facilities are wonderful and i'm all for that.. but are there still no changes within the academics?
hhhmm... this is getting me thinking....

Anonymous said...

I think DPS future will be coming to an end soon because enrollment this year has gone down to 1/2 of the population last year. You are right in saying that Miss Ventura is the white lady behind Miss Coseteng who gives her bad advises that is not good for the improvement of the school. They have put an advertiment that "all classrooms are fully aircondition" but it seems that only a few classroom are aircondition. That is false advertisement. Parents enrolled their children expection the rooms to be airconditioned only to find out later that it is not but they can not do anything anymore since they are already enrolled. The tuition fee is to high and the books are expensive like the computer book which they priced as 1,000 pesos which does not compensate the amount that they collected for the book. I've called CAL regarding the book and they said the the price includes a software but they did not give any to the students so the true amount of the book is only more than 300 pesos. That is highway robbery. Miss Coseteng does not even practice what she preach. She is not a good leader for the dilimanians so she will not be a good leader for the country if she have the ambition to run again she will just rub the people of their money as she rubs parents of DPS

Anonymous said...

well ganun pa din sa DPS okay sana kasi may nakikita kang improvement sa labas pero sa classroom ganun pa din ang mga upuan sa classroom dilapidated pa din sira sira ang pinaganda lang ay yung mga upuan ng star section bakit iba ba ang binabayad ng mga nasa star section, parehas lang naman ang binabayaran ng mga students nyo. Dapat unahin ninyo ang classrooms wag ang labas ng school hindi naman sa labas magaaral ang mga bata kundi sa loob ng classrooms. Paano sila makapagconcentrate sa pagaaral kung ang upuan nila ay parang rocking chair umuuga klasi di pantay ang paa o malapit ng magiba. madidisgrasya pa ang mga bata pag biglang bumigay yang mga upuan na yan. Pag umulan nakakatakot baka madulas ang mga bata sa grounds dahil basa. Pag uwian ang hirap hirap kasi siksikan ang mga bata sa gate. Kialan ba maaayos ang pagsundo ng mga bata, kailan ba magkakaroon ng sistema sa pagsundo ng mga bata.Parang lahat mahirap mula sa pagpasok hangang sa loob ng school at pati sa paguwi.

shao said...

thank you for comments such as these, my husband and i were all set to enroll our son for pre-school at DPS since most of my batchmates from UP before were graduates of this school and they performed well in class.

i couldn't say of course that these comments tell two sides of the story but after reading what parents have to say about how the school is being run, it had me thinking twice about enrolling my child in DPS.

Anonymous said...

thank you for comments such as these, my husband and i were all set to enroll our son for pre-school at DPS since most of my batchmates from UP before were graduates of this school and they performed well in class.

i couldn't say of course that these comments tell two sides of the story but after reading what parents have to say about how the school is being run, it had me thinking twice about enrolling my child in DPS.

Anonymous said...

Yes before DPS was a good school all their teachers are from UP but since Nikki Coseteng took over she fired the teacher from UP and put new teacher that you don't know what school they've graduated from. All are very young and new graduates at that. The school is not academic oriented but a money making school. What you see outside is not what you see inside.

Anonymous said...

Where can you find a school that collects parking fee from the parents of their students, it's only at DPS that they collect parking fees from the school busses and parents. It should be the responsibility of the school to provide parking space for their students and not make money from parking fees. This school is not a school for academis purposes but is a money maiking machine for Miss Coseteng she collects almost any fees for what ever services that the school provides. Like the computer book according to CAL the book just cost 250 but if you buy it from the school it would be only 450 but the school collected 1,000 for the book their profit is too much 80%. That's too much

Anonymous said...

Calling DEPED,DPS Parents, DPS Board of Directors and its stockholders!!! Are you seeing the situation of DPS now, or are you all pretending that nothing bad is happening in DPS? or are you all afraid to Nikke Coseteng? teachers increase was not yet given which is supposed to be due last June 2008 because DPS has no MONEY. Are you all allowing this to happen like Our Lords Grace College, because of mismanegement of money from there management. Nikki Coseteng when are going to leave DPS? Until you and your conivance got all the schools money? PLEASE!!! have pity on all the students who want to have quality education which they are getting before you came in!!!

Anonymous said...

Nikki Coseteng is trying to collect money from parents again by giving each students 2 booklets of ticket that is worth 2,000/booklet so each student 4,000 each. She says its for her foundation, if its for her foundation wht use the school to fund her foundation. She is always trying to collect money from the parents of the students of DPS which is not included in the school fees. She has increase the tuition fee for this school year for the improvement of the school but the improvement that you can see is only on the surroundings of the school how about the chairs and the lockers. Last week a locker fell on a grade six student she was just passing by the locker when it suddenly fell on her they say that they have been reporting the defective locker to the management but they did not do something about it until it fell on the student that's when they did pullout the defective locker. Miss Coseteng is alway going around the campus but she can not see such things. They are asking parents to entrust their children to their care but we fear that the safety of our children is not assured because of to many hazards inside the campus. Please do something about this.

Anonymous said...

hmmm.after reading all the things that have been written about ms. coseteng with the so called"parents" a big smile on my FACE. I PITY YOU SO CALLED "CONCERNED PARENTS"!COWARDS! yOU HAVE CONCERNS???Why hide on a blog site than write CHED if you have concrete proof? Funny all of you.Kawawa anak nyo.Kids who have parents no balls to stand but complain and hide. Spongebob?shame on you! You wanna be heard but how dare you saying "ganda"s opinion does not count?Is your kid so matalino? Why dint you enrolled him or her to Ateneo,la salle etc?Ms. Coseteng is there at DPS almost till night everyday.Have you tried to confront her?Dare you you dint!hahaha.

Anonymous said...

hmmm.after reading all the things that have been written about ms. coseteng with the so called"parents" a big smile on my FACE. I PITY YOU SO CALLED "CONCERNED PARENTS"!COWARDS! yOU HAVE CONCERNS???Why hide on a blog site than write CHED if you have concrete proof? Funny all of you.Kawawa anak nyo.Kids who have parents no balls to stand but complain and hide. Spongebob?shame on you! You wanna be heard but how dare you saying "ganda"s opinion does not count?Is your kid so matalino? Why dint you enrolled him or her to Ateneo,la salle etc?Ms. Coseteng is there at DPS almost till night everyday.Have you tried to confront her?Dare you you dint!hahaha.

Anonymous said...

after all that been said and done.....lets see who will be most affected...bad write ups..goood write ups...wheres our kids will be...confuse..confuse...all finger pointing to one direction.Nikki Coseteng? Just wondering why only us,parents? Why am i not hearing anything from the teachers if Coseteng's administration is not right? Because Teachers are silently getting the biggest chunk of all the increase in the fees.Syempre UP eh.

Anonymous said...

good eve, what is worst is the 2nd quarter grdaes are not yet released. I've learned from a reliable source that the school hired people for its re engineering which includes grading system but sad to say , 2 years have passed wala pa ring nangyayrri sa grades, or any other programs thats part of the contract.

Waste of money! Sana sa ibnag company na lang kumontrata DPS hindi sa kakilala ni SEn or ni Jade, hay buhay,,,, connection matters talaga.

Anonymous said...

Ever know the meaning of the word Organizational Development and Change Management. If not, let me enlighten you a bit...DEC which operates the 2 schools namely DPS and DCTI is now trying to rationalize its business procedures and with that comes displacement and other inconvenience. But we have to understand that these are all part of what we call growing pains. I have to Mrs. Purto, who used to be a supplier of Diliman, and she said "ah DPS, ok jan, maganda kitaan jan" and of course if you computerize maraming aaray. I guess we all grew here in the Philippines, and we all know what I'm trying to say. And if you cut these kind of things and implement control procedures, everybody will not be as happy. Wag naman kayong masyadong mgapahalata! Matagal nyo ng paingpasasaan ang DPS, ibigay naman natin sa mga bata ang dapat sa kanila. GO Sen. Coseteng!

Anonymous said...

Sana po magpunta muna tayo sa DPS bago tayo magsalita. Sana po tingnan nating mabuti ang nangayayari at wag maniwala sa sabi sabi. Tanungin natin ang ating mga anak kung nakabuti ba o hindi ang mga pagbabago. Sana wag nating patunayan na ang mga Pilipino ay Utak Talangka... Kawawa ang susunod na henerasyon.

Anonymous said...

Sa akin pong pagkakaalam ay hindi lang computer books ang kasama sa bayad na 1000. Kinausap ko po ang teacher ng aking anak dahil napakamahal naman yata. Doon ay aking nalaman na ang atin palang binabayaran ay ang buong training course at unlimited access sa computer books. Sa akin pong pang-unawa, ang aking anak ay pwedeng makagamit ng kahit pa hanggang 5 libro sa isang taon, depende sa bilis and interes nya. Kung ganun nga, hindi hamak na mura ang 1000 na halaga.

Override said...

Am an IT Professional, and had implemented School Computerization, am part of the implementing team of Miscrosoft IVLE to DLSU which cost them 3M USD and 3 1/2 years to implement. Computerization and integration does not happen overnight. You need to consider a lot of factors, data migration - which means consolidation of all the data need and converting it to electronic file(student records including their grades from year 1 of operations, hr records including past employees, accounting records, purchasing records, etc.) which may take at least 3 years, capability building - user training and building user capability on how to understand the system being implemented, change management - which includes organizational development, drafting and implementing new policies and procedures. My 2 cents 2 years is short if an organization or corporation would want to fully implement process automation. I guess this is really the problem most companies encounter when the people expects the computer to make their life easy, what they do not understand is that is the end point, but how to go there is a tedious process.

Bryan said...

Am an alumni of DPS circa 1997, when I got back to my alma matter some months back, I was at owe and impressed by how former Senator Nikki Coseteng managed to turn the school around in less than 2 years. Maybe its time that we alumni support her cause...

DPS Teacher said...

Ako ay isang guro dito sa DPS, marahil ay mahirap tanggapin ang mga pagbabagong nangyayari sa aming paaralan. Subalit kung ating bigyang halaga ang kabuuang epekto ay ating malalaman na mas makakabuti sa ang mga pagbabagong ito sa kinabukasan ng ating tinatanging paaralan. Matagal na din akong nagtuturo, at masasabi kong sa panahon ngayon, hindi lamang ang kalidad ng edukasyon ang tinitingnan ng mga magulang, mahalaga na din ngayon seguridad, pisikal na kondisyon at teknolohiya sa kanilang pagpili ng paaralan. Sana ay tingnan din natin kung anu pa ang maiiaambag natin upang makatulong at mapalawig ang magandang adhikain ni Ginang Coseteng

Anonymous said...

Those can't afford - go to CHEAP SCHOOLS but don't sacrifice my sons education to give in to those others. I'm willing to pay DPS rates coz they're 1/2 Ateneo and 100% better facilities and teaching.

Concerned Parent said...

My son told me(HS) - drums, musical instruments etc..To add to the excellent laboratory so he is always ahead of cousins in other schools..

Anonymous said...

IBA TALGA SA DPS! DATI KALA KO PUBLIC SCHOOL. Pagdating ni SENATOR naging SOSYAL AT MALINIS. Wala nang MAPANGHI na banyo gaya noong wala pa sya!

Anonymous said...

Not fair to us who want the Best Education at affordable. Don't listen to those who want CHEAP tuition. If they want, they can go to cheap school to give cheap education to their kids...

Anonymous said...

MATH, SCIENCE, ENGLISH & SPORTS COMPETITIONS local national and abroad are won by DPS students. Magaling sila ECE pa lang magagaling ang Foundation ng bata.

Anonymous said...

I value my son's education and I heartily believe that at DPS, we get the best education for the money that my husband and I spend. We love the way the school now looks and the new things that Mrs. Nikki Coseteng has brought about. Those people who cannot see anything good at what's happening at DPS should just go to another school. I am sorry but that's the way I feel.

Marmee said...

My husband and I are very happy with the innovations at DPS. We don't mind paying a higher fee as long as our son is getting the best education that will prepare him to go to top universities when he enters college. For those who are posting negative comments, I have only one advice: since no one is forcing you to enroll your kids at DPS, maybe it's time you look for another school. Thanks to all.

Anonymous said...

Reading all this blogs now,gives me the feeling of satisfaction.I am also a parent who have two kids studying at DPS.I was told about this blog by a co-parent.So i always visit this site but never attempt to say or make any comments.I know how to respect others opinion.But i must admit,i felt a bit alarmed.So i asked my kids,if what i am reading from this site is true.My kids told me that being at dps from grade school to high school, they can tell me one by one all the improvements and developments that made them proud.Simple lang mommy,tignan mo lahat ng comfort rooms ang ganda na.Tapos pina aircon na halos lahat ng rooms.Yun binabayaran mo kulang pa sa dami ng bago sa school namin.Si Senator Coseteng araw-araw tinatanong kami kumusta epip o yung computer lab namin.Sa Ateneo ba ganun? Di ba hindi? Kaya kahit ano sabihin ninyo mas naniniwala ako sa anak ko kesa sa inyo.Mrs.Coseteng, salamat po.

Anonymous said...

the first time i saw diliman preparatory school, i thought it was a small school and has only one building.Nung may naginvite sa akin na pumunta sa school, i was so amazed what I saw, lahat ng mga students mga disiplinado..and now balak ko nga pagaralin ang brother ko sa diliman because they have ggod education in that school..God Bless Diliman and More power!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

DPS is a great school,my mom was so amazed what her see sa school, she asking me kung d2 ko n pagaralin ung younger brother ko...and i said yes..lahat ng students kinder to high school,they speak fluently in english...u dont need to go in language school to spend 2o thousand per 5 weeks or 5 meetings..

Anonymous said...

diliman is my client in my computer works, they used to buy some gadgets to save more money...i red all the comments and malungkot ako sa mga sinasabi nila.god only knows what happen.

Anonymous said...

Maganda naman ang pamamalakad sa Diliman Preparatory School kasi most of the teachers came from respectives schools like University of the Philippines, PUP and even La Salle so kung iisipin nyo eh kung hindi maganda ang pamamalakad ni Nikki Coseteng eh yung mga teachers mismo ang unang unang mag rereklamo kasi sila ang may utak para umangal naman....

Anonymous said...

kung kayong mga teacher mismo ng diliman ang sumisira sa inyong eskuwelahan eh... ehem ehem ehem ehem... madaming teacher na magagaling kesa sa inyo ok.. kaya wag kayong maangal..lalo ka na santa claus (grade school department)

powerhouse said...

para sa lahat ng mga teachers at mga naninira about sa DPS and sa mga bumubuo nito.. dapat makita muna nila ang good side ng ibang aspeto tulad ng mga facilities, new activities and anything else because hindi lang naman panay education ang makikita mo sa isang paaralan dahil hindi lang naman iyon ang tinitingnan ng mga magulang kung kayat pinapasok nila ang kanilang mga anak sa isang magandang paaralan.

boot said...

to see is to believe. see the good side of dps not its bad side. Godbless dps

Anonymous said...

hi just want to say that in every company to able to be successful we should always have teamwork so how can be diliman preparatory school have a good outcome if employees itself is instead of helping the school met the goals is always criticizing the management.

Anonymous said...

My comment is about the company that no one is supervising the tech to their needs

Marmee said...

Happy New Year to all! Let's all offer positive suggestions and not throw mud at DPS or Sen. Nikki. I am very sure that we all want our children's school to be the best so our kids will benefit.

Maybe those who have issues can ask for a meeting with DPS management so they can thresh out issues. I just dislike all of these hate-filled comments hidden under the anonymity of this blog.

Anonymous said...

help the management of diliman prep so that teachers and parents and children will be benefitted....

Anonymous said...

kung sino pa ang mas nakakaintindi eh sila pa ang mareklamo. they cannot easily adapt on changes and new systems on diliman... Guys..im talking about the TEACHERS on DPS. It's hard to say na gusto nila na sila pa ang parating uunahin..

powerhouse said...

Happy New Year to all and may all the bad habits may reduce...

Anonymous said...

for all wish ko lng po sana wag po sana tayung padalos dalos sa pag sasalita. hintayin po natin sana ung talagang idea ni senator nikki coseteng para sa kanyang student i know alam niya ang kanyang ginagawa at meron syang reason sa lahat ng decision nya salamat po

Anonymous said...

dapat tulungan nalang nila si madam nikki coseteng para lalong mas mapaganda ang dps hindi yung tinitira pa nila lalo na mga teachers na taga dps. dapat magtulungan nalnag.

Anonymous said...

si senator nikki may utak naman sya kaya alam nya mas nakabubuti sa mga bata kaya wag natin pangunahan. may plano din sya maganda sa dps... Goodluck....

Anonymous said...

cooperation with both parties. teachers, parents, mam nikki, and other employees. thats all and their good to go!!!

powerhouse said...

Diliman Preparatory has good teachers because they came from different respective schools. But the one problem that they have is they cannot easily adapt on changes.

blood said...

Duka mag resign ka na... panay spongebob lang ang alam mo.. nagiging kamukha mo na tuloy siya.. panay ka reklamo..

blood said...

I agree on powerhouse... teachers cant easily adapt on changes. kaawawang mga nilalang...teachers pa man din...

Anonymous said...

sa palagay ko hindi naman lahat tlga ng pamamlakad eh perfect pero kung magkakaisa ang lahat eh tyak na maisasaayos ang lahat ng mga bagay na dapat ayusin kya payu ko sa mga naninira eh dapat kung parte rin namn kayu ng diliman eh makipagtulungan nalng hindi ba mas maganda yun.....

Anonymous said...

dpat ma make sure n mam nikki kng cnu tlga ang dpt nia pakisamahan para ndi xa ngmumukhang mali s mga teacher and parents...............

Anonymous said...

What we want as parents is to be heard by Miss Coseteng but the problem is she does not know how to listen. We have tried to talk to her regarding our concerns but to n o avail that's why we write on this blog in order to be heard. Ilang ulit na rin namin sinubukang kausapin si Miss Coseteng tungkol sa problema namin sa school pero iba ang sinasagot niya. Iniiba niya ang usapan. Paanong sabihin ninyo na duwag kami na nagtatago kami sa blog na ito. Di naman ninyo alam ang nangyari. Nung may binully ang buoong section ng highschool students ng Grade 4 Students kinausap ng mga parents si Miss Coseteng pero walang ginawang action parang pinalalabas pa niya ng kasalanan ng Grade 4 ang nangyari sa kanya yan ba ang tamang justice. Buong section ng 3rd year students binully ang isang Grade 4 student wala man lang ginawang action yan ba ang sinasabi ninyong safe ang mga anak ninyo. All we want is to be heard pero wala. Kayo ba sinubukan na ba ninyo magcomplaint diretso ka Miss Coseteng parang nakipagusap kayo sa blank wall.

Anonymous said...

nice try though but the sense is to let the students learn more! not the non sense politics inside this institution. "DONT JUDGE ME BASE ON YOUR IGNORANCE"

Anonymous said...

What a lot of reklamadoras! Listen: Nobody is forcing you to keep your children in DPS.

If you are not satisfied at the running of the school, the only logical thing is to get out!

If you all are saying that management does not listen to your complaints and things are not what you want, lumipat na kayo o kaya magtayo ng ibang iskwela at doon nyo enrol ang mga anak nyo.

As far as my friends (who are parents of children enrolled at DPS), are concerned, masaya sila sa mga pagbabago na nangyari sa pagdating ni Madame Coseteng. 'yun lang ang say ko. Salamat!

Anonymous said...

Ano ba yan, parang ang GULO-GULO na sa DPS, parang lahat kagatan ng kagatan, SCARY!!! di naman ganito dati dito ah. Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

mr.yhusha said...

gud day to all wag na po sana nating sisihin si senator just wait na lng po sa kanyang mga plano salamat poh

Anonymous said...

mag aral na lang mabuti mga students para sa kanila din naman,

mr.yhusha said...

wew go dps go take a good work let them student go on to be a good people

Anonymous said...

go dilimanian take a good work

Anonymous said...

pati ba naman author ng blog na to nababayaran, di nilalabas mga negative comments namin kay coseteng. MAKARMA SANA KAYONG LAHAT MGA TUTA NI NIKKI COSETENG!!!

Marmee said...

Having access to a blog doesn't give anyone the right to write anything he or she wants. We have to be civil when we want to comment on something; we cannot just write bad things that could be taken as libel or slander. That's why there is already a warning for those that want to comment that there is a COMMENT MODERATOR.

Karma simply is cause and effect: If you do bad things, there will be repercussions (bad things will happen to you; if you do good things, good things will happen to you). That person who wishes karma on Coseteng and the blog author does not understand the meaning of karma.

Again my unsolicited advice: To those who are angry, bitter and hate-filled people, just look for another school and let DPS be.

Anonymous said...

I agree with what writer Marmee said. We should not wish bad things on anybody or label anybody "tuta", just because we don't agree on what is being posted here. It's the blog owner who has the choice whether or not to post our comments. Huwag na lang tayo magsulat o kaya mag-isip ng masama kanino man.

Let's all make the world a better place and we can start here.

Anonymous said...

to all dps management, matakot na kyo sa next school year kasi we as dps parents will not anymore enroll our children there, ang gulo gulo ng sistema nyo at ng mga tao dyn sa dps, lahat kayo nagaaway at nagkakagatan, lahat gusto tama sila. POOR diliman kayo na ang susunod na OLGM!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know why the DPS management will be scared that some dissatisfied parents (and teachers?) will be moving out of the school. Baka mas mabuti na nga na umalis na kayo at isama ang masasamang aura at vibes ninyo, to make room for other students who will be getting the best education at a much lower tuition fee than other schools that offer quality learning. DPS can get younger and more up to date teachers also.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! Nananakot pa kayo! Ang aalis, eh di umalis na lang at hwag nang mag-scare tactic. M sure there are many students who will be enroling next school year naman. Mayron akong anak sa grade 3 ng DPS at hindi ko sya ililipat sa ibang school kasi happy naman sya at ang talino. Sayang kung hindi matutukan ang kanyang talino at hindi ma-aalagaan. Sabi nga sa ingles: Good riddance!

Anonymous said...

Well, all I can say is if you parents are so unhappy at DPS, the best thing to do is go and enroll your children elsewhere. Good luck to you and God Bless!

And please, do use nicer language (no threats). Remember that our children learn from us and as parents, we have the responsibility to be good role models. God Bless again.

blood said...

sa lahat ng mga nag rereklamo about sa DPS eh lumantad na at sumuko na kayo. dahil ang DPS maraming reklamo sa inyo mga teachers..

mr.yhusha said...

hello kmusta na po kayu mga kasama kadadaan ko lng po kanina sa diliman preparatory school ok naman po dun sana po pasyal din kayu kung may time po kayuaisy

Anonymous said...

mag aral mabuti mga students dapat.

mr.yhusha said...

hello to all wag na sana tayung magsisihan nakita naman natin na magagaling ang mga student dyan sa dps di ba?

Anonymous said...

Second the motion ako! All those who want to leave DPS (including teachers and anybody else), just go quietly.

I'm happy at the transformation that's happening there. I was also able to talk to Ms. Ventura and Sen Nikki about what's happening and also their plans for the school's future.
I was very impressed at their common vision and new approach to students' LEARNING, not only the teachers teaching. I like these ladies and when I told my husband about my conversation with them, he said that we made the right choice of school for our kids. More power to you ladies and I hope we can get talk again!

Anonymous said...

Just call me a concerned parent. I am bothered by many of the negative things being hurled at DPS, or if one is astute enough, at Sen. Coseteng, who's been a recipient of personal attacks.

From some sources, that I will not anymore identify, these attacks started when Coseteng became president and started to look at the accounting books of the school. She discovered that there was a lot of financial and administrative mismanagement.

I don't know the details but that's what these sources say. Just thought that I'd share this with you.

Anonymous said...

I am shocked at this info! Hmm...that explains a lot of things. Kaya pala wala nang magandang masabi kay Nikky Coseteng.

mr.yhusha said...

hello'' to all parent and my beloved blogger wish ko po ung sana po ay magkaroon na po tayo peace of mine para po di na tayu magkaroon pa ng sama ng loob ng isat isa salamat po

Anonymous said...

Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat.
Isa po akong guro ng Diliman Preparatory School. Noong una hindi rin ako sang-ayon sa mga plano ni Madam Coseteng. Pero nang lumaon napansin ko na yung mga mag-aaral na dating mahiyain sa loob at labas ng silid aralan ngayon ay nagiging aktibo na hindi lang sa extra curricular activities pati narin sa academics. Malaking tulong rin ang mga programang ipinapatupad ni Madam President sa paghubog ng pagkatao ng mga mag-aaral. Lalo na sa kasalukuyang panahon na ang mga bata ay hindi lang sa loob ng paaralan natututo pati narin sa kanyang kapaligiran at karanasan. Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga magulang na umuunawa at nakakaintindi ng pagbabago sa DPS. Huwag po nating asahan (na dati ring naging gawi ko) na ang pagbabago na ating inaasahan ay mangyayari sa isang iglap lamang. Kung may nakita man po kayong pagkakamali o hindi nyo nagustuhan ay amin din po iyong nakikita at ipinararating agad sa Sch.Administration. Ang mga bata po ay likas na matalino at lalo pa po silang nagiging matalino sa mga pagbabagong kanilang nakikita at nararanasan. Maging gabay po sana nila tayo sa pag-unlad ng kanilang murang kaisipan tungo sa isang mapanuring mamamayan. Kung meron man po kayong gustong sabihin maaari nyo naman po silang lapitan at kausapin upang mabigyan linaw ang anumang suliranin kung hindi man po ay magkaroon ng mapayapang kasunduan. Nagpapasalamat din po ako sa lahat ng mga may opinyon na maganda at hindi maganda sa pamamahala ni madam Coseteng. Ang mga ito po ay nakakatulong sa lalo pang ikagaganda ng paaralan at pagtuturo ng mga guro. Patuloy po tayong maging matalinong tagapagmasid sa mga pangyayaring nagaganap sa loob at labas ng paaralan. Maraming Salamat po.

Marmee said...

Hello to all! I haven't visited this blog for a long time since I was very busy and I'm working mother.

The latest post comes from a teacher who has positive comments about our school. I think this is a good development. I do so hope to meet Sen. Nikki and congratulate her personally about the marvelous changes happening at DPS. Perhaps during the summer vacation (when I will have time), I will be able to, or when I re-enroll my child for next school year.

Regards to all DPS personnel, teachers, students and parents. Sen. Nikki, I hope to meet you soon!

Anonymous said...

I met Sen. Nikki a few weeks ago and she was very nice. She even asked about my child (what grade, did she like the school, etc.).

I was a bit shy bec. we know she's a well known person and I am only a simple person. She was also talking about many improvements that she has this coming school year. I only kept nodding at first bec. she talks very fast, but I was able to tell her that my child likes DPS. I believe she likes getting feedbacks from us parents.

Sen. Nikki is still quite beautiful and elegant and very intelligent. She still has the pro masa attitude that she had when when she was a senator. I hope that she runs again.

Mam Nikki if you or your friends are reading this, you can count on our support in 2010!!

Anonymous said...

GOOD NEWS to all DPS students! No tuition fee increase, according to signs around the school!

I am so happy at this and grateful to school admin for understanding that times are hard. I have 3 children at Diliman Prep and this will truly ease my mind. Thanks DPS!

Anonymous said...

Kung totoo na walang tuition fee increase sa DPS, good news talaga! Kaya lang baka my increase naman sa miscellaneous fee, library, lab fee o ano pa man. Sana walang increase kahit sa anong fee. Hirap ng buhay ngayon.

Wish ko lang, dear DPS!

Anonymous said...

Re: No tuition fee increase in DPS

I've seen a big banner on the facade announcing that. I will call the school to get details since I'm thinking of transferring my kid there from his present school.

If there's really no tuition increase, this is a big incentive since his present school is increasing tuition and I'm not happy about the education he's getting at the school (which I will not name) where he's currently enrolled.

Kate said...

Hello to all! M new here and I want to say that this no tuition fee increase in the DPS is not good news, it's GREAT NEWS!

Hope to post more comments and thank's!

Anonymous said...

Yes it's true that there is NO TUITION FEE increase but there is an increase in the miscellaneous fee and if you add it it is a big increase and it is as if there is a tuition fee increase. P3,795 is too much. If only EPIP will be optional it will be a great help for us parents. We are paying for EPIP that our children were not able to use to their advantage because every EPIP time they say that they can not log in. Hope you will listen Sen Coseteng. Please make EPIP optional. Offer it to those who can afford not to all your students. It is really a nbig help for us.

Kate said...

I sympathize with the mom who's concerned with the added cost of Epip. However, I am happy that my daughter is getting this added English language course to prepare her for entry to the English speaking world. We all have to do a bit of sacrifice and make changes in our budgets. My children's education is the foremost in my husband's and my mind. After all, good education is the best thing that we can give our kids. Sometimes, its the only legacy that will outlast our existence here on earth.

Anonymous said...

good day to everyone.i am one of the parents that was alarmed by this blog. And i must admit it made me decide to transfer my son to other school.Not because of the tuition fee increase but because of the way the FORMER senator is managing DPS.I tried to support her project and tried to convinced myself to believe in her interest.remember the raffle ticket?i paid 8k.It's not true that it's for her mothers foundation and that she wants the public school teachers benefit from the project. It's for her own pocket and to fund her personal interest to make her management looks good.And when i heard there will be another one this year,thats when me and my husband decided to transfer our son.

Anonymous said...

Totoo marami pa tayong school na malilipatan.School na pinatatakbo ng taong may malasakit at hindi ng taong IPOKRITA.Kaya lang kami nandyan dati dhil matino ang nagpapatakbo.Yung mga sumasagot ng maganda dito, tao yan ni Coseteng utusan nya na walang magagawa kundi sumipsip dahil mawawalan sila trabaho.

Anonymous said...

I heard from somebody who is very credible and work inside, the board of directors,even Prof. Angangko is trying very hard to control Coseteng with her over spending and asking her to be very considerate with the fees she wants to charge us.

Anonymous said...

ms Coseteng maawa ka sa school. Sa pulitika ka na lang mangurakot ng pera!

Anonymous said...

Here we go again! I thought that all the bad things being said about Coseteng are over. What I don't understand is why don't they just leave (teachers, included), if they are so unhappy with the way the DPS is being run. If I was so unhappy like they are, I'd just transfer my children in another school. Thats the reasonable thing to do, isn't it?

Another thing is the blanket accusation that all of those who write good things about Coseteng are being paid by her. Well, I can also say that those who are saying bad things about her are paid by somebody who wants to destroy her and the school. I really smell something fishy here. Maybe Coseteng has stepped on some people's toes and hurt their rackets within the school. Again, if you have proof of the kurakot, why not bring it up to the proper authorities, instead of using this blog to spread malicious lies and accusations.

Anonymous said...

If You rely so much on EPIP as a way that your child can speak English properly sucks. EPIP is not a way so as your child can enter college. EPIP is only a way to improve your child's diction not a way to proper grammar. Why not try going to the webpage of EPIP so you will be enlighthen as to what is EPIP all about. If the English teachers in Diliman are good our children don't need EPIP at all. EPIP sucks the way you believe it can help your child enter college.

Anonymous said...

EPIP is not a prerequition in entering an English speaking country. It will not help prepare your child for it. Why not try visiting the web site so you will know what EPIP is all about.

Anonymous said...

Before she can help the public school teachers she should have help the teachers of Diliman first. There are lots of money making activities this school year. Like this raffle that cost 2k per booklet and 4 k per students. Like the play that cost 150 that is compulsary that our children is not interested to watch because they have watch a better version in the movie. Like the Math and science fair and the Filipino event. All collected money from the students Every event of the school collects money. There is a global crisis is Miss Coseteng not aware of this or the teachers. Miss Venturas speech during the Lingo ng Wika was on pagtitipid but the Filipino collected money from the students for their project kuno. Is that practising what you preach.

Kate said...

Just my opinion...obviously, in order to communicate well in any language, one has to speak it in the way it is supposed to be spoken. Proper diction is as important to any language, be it French, Italian, Spanish, English, Farsi (Iranian language) or Filipino, as are grammar, syntax and spelling.

Pardon my critique on some comments on this blog but I cannot help but notice that they contain many errors (spelling, grammar,invented words, etc.). Never mind the typos as even the best writers in many languages commit these minor errors.

I am not saying that I write well but one should always be careful in the choice of words to be able to convey exactly the intent or meaning of what is written.

Another thing is the fact that many Filipinos profess that they know English, but even a cursory examination of what they write will belie this.

In speaking, most of us don't even pronounce "F", "V", "TH", "Z".

I hope I didn't offend anybody. God Bless!!

Anonymous said...

Naku kung ganoon talaga ang nangyayari sa DPS, kumunsulta na kayo sa abogado para palayasin na yan Coseteng na yan at isara na ang iskwela!

Wala naman palang kwenta ang DPS e, di isara na lang. Wala namang nagyayari sa reklamo nyo sa blog na ito. Dali, takbo na kayo sa abogado.

Marami namang ibang iskwela diyan at yung mga teacher ay makakakuha naman ng trabaho sa ibang iskwela. Huwag kayong pumayag na maging kawawa at apihin kayo! Kumilos na ngayon para makapag-enrol na ang mga anak ninyo sa ibang mga iskwela habang may panahon pa.

NGAYON NA!

Anonymous said...

Mag strike kaya kayo? O mag-rally? Hwag lang kayong daldal nang daldal dito sa blog na ito. Nakakabwisit na!

Mass resignation ng lahat ng teachers at employees para iparating ang galit nyo sa management! I think that's the way!

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, the raffle tickets are not compulsory and I returned the tickets that were given to my child. Wala namang kapalit ang pagbili o hindi pagbili ng ticket. Baka akala ng bumili ng P 8 k na worth na tickets na tataas o bababa ang grade ng anak niya. Walang kundisyon na ganyan. Walang pilitan. Kung ayaw ninyong bumili eh di huwag.

Pahabol dun sa nagsabi na mag strike o mag rally ang mga taga DPS: Huwag kayong padalos dalos. Mahirap ang buhay ngayon at mahirap maghanap ng ibang trabaho o kaya magandang iskwela na high standard. Palapit pa naman ang Holy week kaya dapat ay huwag tayong magisip ng makakasama sa ating kapwa.

Anonymous said...

I was told of this blog and I can hardly read through all the comments. I think that most of the negative comments come from people who have a personal ax to grind against Madam Nikki. Maybe they should stop because they may create a martyr of the senator. Stop the bullying and get a life!

Anonymous said...

puro issues, chismis, hay nako, magtrabaho nlang kaya kayo. God knows kng sino ang matino at hindi sa dps. hnd nyo lng kaya kalabanin si madam nikki sa personal kaya kayo in heat sa blogs na ito. tira kayo ng tira, harapin nyo kaya cya. try nyo!....?

Anonymous said...

first, would like to congratulate(sic) dps for having a grand graduation event last march. haven't attended a graduation with an orchestra (beat that).just a few questions though, for what is an orchestra needed for in a graduation?pomp and pageantry?any connection with education?at a time where all are thinking of ways to save, here we are spending on an orchestra that has nothing to do whatsoever in education-we are not attending a wedding,we are not there to appreciate the orchestra but rather to celebrate the graduation of our students.i just don't get the logic.whoever thought of that must be elected to a higher office.so intelligent and smart.or should i say wais.haha.put one over our heads again.hope it will increase your enrollment next sy.

by the way, felt so hot in the rites.just a comment/suggestion to the honora...err ex sena..err dps president, would it be possible that instead of spending for that orchestra, you could haved bought an a/c? guess if you could afford one, what's an additional a/c? will all the classrooms be a/c'd next sy as you have promised.hope the money is still there.

still have a lot of comments but enough for now.will be posting more soon.hope the blog author approves this and my coming blogs.

Anonymous said...

Now I get it...nothing that Nikki Coseteng does is good enough for some of those who freely post their comments in this blog. Unlike that person who disliked the orchestral addition to the graduation rites at DPS, I and many others just loved it! A mother seated next to me even said it's the only time she saw and heard the violins and other instruments live.

Might as well blame Coseteng for the hot weather... er... global warming we're having. Also the hostage situation in Mindanao...er... the terrorism in Pakistan and elsewhere, the shooting in the US... the rise in oil prices North Korea's launching a missile...every bad thing happening everywhere!

I admire Coseteng for trying to better the lives of those connected to DPS, in one way or the other. I've been told how hard she works, even reviewing books used by students in the school, and noting down errors and MEETING with DepED secretary Lapus to rectify this.

I might be accused as being one of those paid hacks of the school er...PR woman but I don't care. Let's just be truthful and not spew venom around.
Holy week is upon us and let's all try to keep it sacred...may be Coseteng is also responsible for Christ's crucifixion?

Kate said...

I have a question for that poster who even complained about the orchestra at the DPS graduation. Are you a parent with kid(s) enrolled there? If you are, then, why not just look for another school that is up to your standards, rather than destroy the school.

If you are a disgruntled teacher/employee, why not just resign? You'll get the appropriate benefits for services rendered. If you are a paid anti-Coseteng writer, surely there are other job openings available, with your talents.

If Coseteng is really the evil person that's been portrayed by some comments in this blog, she would find some way to have this portion deleted or de-activated. The fact that we can write our comments be they good or bad in this very public blog is proof that she is very open and honest.

Anonymous said...

Hehehe, baka si Coseteng din ang anti-Christ!

Anonymous said...

Hoy, madam Nikki bakit ba ang init init nga ng graduation nyo? Neks tym dapat cguro sa mall na lang gawin, o sa swimming pool, hhihihi. Dat's ol!

Anonymous said...

hi kate.don't worry.am transferring my kids-at a school that tells me straight in the face that they are having a tuition fee increase (and that includes the misc fees).but before doing that, have to ask them if they have ENERGY FEE.guess you have it in your school.just being dumb-is it for the kids to have the energy to study? or for the energy that they consume?please enlighten me.

heard from sources-next grad rites, they will have a philarmonic orchestra.these are also for parents who haven't heard of live instruments being played(just like that awestruck parent who said it to that proud officer).
by the way, haven't heard from you that it made the kids more educated(of course aside from learning that there's these kind of instruments that you can play)

anyway, sorry for posting a few days after i sent my comments.only if i have the time do i blog. just a dumb question again.how come others are so quick in their defense of the personalities involved?is it the only thing that you do?to the bright anonymous officer who replied--am not blaming your president for the world's woes (all of us are contributors one way or the other for the world's problem). i am blaming HER for the schools deterioration.got it, sips?

apologies again, i try to be good the whole year-not only because it's holy week do i try to be more than holy.guess won't be receiving any reply from you-remember it's holy week.it's bad to be a hypocrite.byebye.

will be anonymous just like you.forgot my fict name.haha.

Kate said...

Hi anonymous! Perhaps I'd have more respect for your views if you knew how to write English better.

It's PHILHARMONIC not philarmonic. I always ask somebody else to check my grammar before posting comments (I'm not very sure about my English). Maybe you should also (have your grammar checked...) It's also okay to comment in Filipino, if we're not very conversant in English, as some of us are so obviously not, as evidenced here.

And by the way, you are not the blogger, you are COMMENTING on this blog.

In case you'd care to know, the word blog comes from 2 words: WEB and LOG; it's just shortened to BLOG. Get it?

If you want to have your own blog, there are
so many available on the web. That way, you can write whatever you want without having a moderator to read your comments before they're posted here.

P. S.
For all you know, I am NIKKI COSETENG! hahahaha!

Marmee said...

Kate, Please let's not be arrogant nor sarcastic. We all have the right to comment here, whether or not we do so grammatically or otherwise.

Let's not aggravate those who are already angry at Sen. Coseteng, for whatever reason. I am sure those who are angry have their own reasons.

I like what Sen. Coseteng is doing to and for Diliman Prep, others don't. We cannot please everybody.

Anonymous said...

ano ba yan puro awayan dito ah! siguro talagang totoo ngang ang gulo gulo din dyn sa loob ng DPS, kc dito pa lng sa blog ang GULO na eh.

No wonder marami ng mga magulang ang nagaalis na naman ng mga anak nila sa DPS. Haaaayyy!!! How pathetic is DPS now...

Anonymous said...

hi sen.kate,
it's me again.i find it pathetic (yipee, i got the right spelling!oh, my apologies,i copied it from anonymous.)for you to find fault in typo errors and grammar yet you haven't got the intelligence to answer the issues raised.

so,so sorry--my bad for not understanding BLOG.maybe you could recommend a good computer school-say DCTI?heard it's headed by another coseteng.must be good to further study there and learn more about computers and the web.Naaah..very few students there with a declining student population ,more like..

bye sen.


yours truly,
anonym


p.s.
pls.inform me of any WRONG MISTAKES or RIGHT CORRECTS.haha.

Anonymous said...

hello everybody..i think as of today some of you have drop by already to dps and your curiosity is finally answered! DPS is still alive and kicking!More enrollees...more and more...sorry!

Amy said...

Kate typographycal error is not considered as grammatical error. Alam mo ang ibig sabihin ng Blog pero di mo alam ang grammar. Nagkamali lang siya ng pagtatype pero wala akong nakitang pag kakamali sa grammar. Minsan may nagkakamali ng pagtatype pro that does not mean na di ka marunong mag ingles. Paran kang bata na pinapatulan lahat. Ikaw nga sarado utak mo di mo alam ang constructive criticism. Kung ang mga comment dito sa blog na eto ay tinetake note nila at gawin nilang way na mabago nila ang mga pagkakamali nila di sana walang gulo. Comment lang yan. Kung gagawa sila ng paraan na lahat ng comment dito pagaralan nila at gumawa sila ng paraan tungo sa pagbabago ng DPS di gaganda ang pamamalakad nila di yung may tagapagtangol sila dito na di alam kung paano sagutin mga commento. WAG KAYONG PIKON.

Anonymous said...

Kate kung si Sen. Nikki ka mawawalan ng respeto ang tao sayo kasi pinapatulan mo ang mga commento sa school mo. Pinabababa mo lang ang sarili dapat nakikinig ka sa mga comments dito at gumawa ka ng paraan para masolutionan ito hindi yung sagot ka ng sagot ng parang bata. Di gagawin ng karesperespenktong tao yan.

Anonymous said...

Medyo duda ako sa blogger na Kate na yan, I think she's not a real person. I am sure that all her comments should not be taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

Kate akala ko magaling ka sa grammar but nakakamali ka din eto yung comment mo dati. Basahin mo ulit baka magulat ka

Hello to all! M new here and I want to say that this no tuition fee increase in the DPS is not good news, it's GREAT NEWS!

Hope to post more comments and thank's!
9:35 PM

Kate said...

Hi to all! First...to that poster who said I am not a real person.. Who's real or not? I'm sure I'm not the only 1 who is using an alias. What about the others and the anonymous comments?

Second...I am not really good at English...that's why I ask somebody to correct my comments before posting. I think I've said this before.

Third...thanks to all of those who are so concerned about me. I really appreciate it. Bye for now!

Anonymous said...

Really are there more enrollees at DPS you can not tell until classes started. Last school year 2007-2008 there were 7 sections per grade with 40-45 per class, last year there were only 5 sections per grade with 30-30 students per class lets see now how many sections will there be if it will still be 5 sections. Lets wait and see.

Anonymous said...

Mukhang masaya yung last poster tungkol sa enrollment ng DPS. I wonder why? Is that poster happy that less students are studying, or is that happiness exclusively bec. Diliman Prep might have fewer enrollees.

Medyo mahirap sakyan ah. Sa akin lang, walang positibo kung mababawasan ang enrollment ng DPS.

Patawad lang kung ako ay may masasagasaan, pero anong kabutihan ang magkakaron kung bumaba man ang mga estudyante o kung kaya tuluyan nang magsara ang DPS? Mawawalan ng trabaho ang mga guro at admin; maghahanap ng ibang iskwela ang mga bata at magulang. Madaming apektado nang masama. Hirap pa naman ng buhay.

Si Coseteng naman, may pera pa rin.

Wala akong nakikitang mabuti sa kasayahan ng mga tao tungkol sa pagbaba ng enrollment ng school.

Kayo, mayroon ba?

Anonymous said...

For anonymous poster that state the current set-up of DPS section and statistics seems you're so familiar with it huh! are you from the unsatisfied,greedy one-sided bunch of employees? Those who cant accept change and development? Do you want DPS to remain sub-standard so that employees like you will not be identified? Don't you feel lucky because you're part of an organization that is very much supported with improvement and development? If you dont know the word appreciation,then get the hell out of DPS.

Anonymous said...

I myself don't understand how people connected in some way or the other to Diliman Prep can wish or hope for detriment to the school.

If I was an employee or teacher there, I will just leave, as some posters had suggested. That's what I think.

Anonymous said...

Really now, wala rin akong makitang maganda kung magsara ang DPS. Sayang, maraming bata ang mawawalan ng eskwelang high standard. Kawawa naman sila at mga parents.

Anonymous said...

Quoted from the poster above:

"Buong section ng 3rd year students binully ang isang Grade 4 student wala man lang ginawang action yan ba ang sinasabi ninyong safe ang mga anak ninyo."

I'm sorry. I know you are a parent and you believe your child. It's right for you to support your own flesh and blood but this claim is ridiculous. There is no way, in any school that a whole class would bully a gradeschooler.

We have so many nice people that it is frankly impossible for ONE WHOLE CLASS!!! to bully a gradeschooler. There could be one or two or maybe even as many as six people who would bully a kid but one whole class? 20+ people?

Each class has some clowns, nerds, cuties, anime freaks, gamers, emos, bullies, shy guys, leaders, popular guys, etc. but there no way one whole class could have 100% bullies. Impossible, ma'am! Marami pong mga mabait sa DPS, lalo na yung mga babaeng HS'ers. Hindi po mangyayari yon. There are so many nice girls that would NEVER hurt a fly...

I do sympathize with the EPIP detractors. It has a lot of flaws.

There are a lot of false things written here.

The play ticket money does not go to Sen. Coseteng. It goes to the department that ran it. Please, all schools require their students to buy tickets for plays that they themselves produce. This is SOP.

Buwan ng Wika money goes to the class president or auditor/treasurer and is spent by the class and their adviser. This also does not go to DPS. In the cheering competition, for example, students did pay a lot, to be honest. However, they did get their cheering outfits, props, shoes and a real trainers who are very good.

For the parent who thinks the money for the activities somehow ends up in Sen. Coseteng's pockets, why don't you ask the teachers or even just the class president?

Raffle tickets - you can give the back. You do not have to pay anything, not even P1.

However, you do know that in other private schools, it's very common to have raffle tickets, right? Ask your friends who have kids in other top (not the cheap) private schools, they all sell raffle tickets sometimes.

Sen. Coseteng also explained that this is also a way for the parents to make money as 20% (if I am not mistaken) if the money they got from selling the tickets will be given back to the parents.

Note that DPS has a sales staff, called the Business Development Group - having raffle tickets makes it easier for them to raise money because if they have nothing to sell, how do they generate money?

This is actually a win-win situation for the school. Instead of raising P1m through tuition fee increases, the school can sell tickets.

YOU WERE NOT REQUIRED TO BUY THE TICKETS! You were asked to support the school by selling them but if you didn't want to, then didn't have to. No one forced you to pay 8k for them. Don't go on here and say this is mismanagement and abuse.

Anonymous said...

Post continued from above since I hit the limit. My whole comment is too long for one post.

The only really valid complaint that I have read here is about the activities that result in suspension of regular classes. Yes, students do enjoy the various activities but not having classes for three weeks just to practice dancing? This seems excessive to me.

In my own school we only practice dances and such AFTER classes or maybe during the weekend. We never had to sacrifice learning literature, geometry, or other important academic subjects just so we could present a nice dance or something.

I would say within one academic year we would have (in my school, not DPS) around 5 days of no classes to give way to the big events - Foundation Day, Linggo ng Wika, Science Fair, Food Festival/Exhibits (Social Science Week), Sports Festival and the Christmas Party.

We also had minor events like school plays and such but having two weeks of no classes just to practice would be unthinkable.

We also tried to spend as little as possible. Even for the music festival, we would just sing in our uniform or civilian clothes instead of having costumes made for us. It was fun making instruments from recycled materials, too.

I think DPS should ease up a bit on the activities. They are too extravagant in my opinion.

I confess I do not know exactly how much is spent on the activities but I estimate it could be P1m a year. Add up the cost of all the costumes, props, trainers, lights, stage decoration, orchestra, video, photographer, etc. and I am sure it cost a bundle. :(

Anonymous said...

Heard from some teachers that DPS has been doing relief efforts for victims of Ondoy. Please to all concerned individuals, whether from DPS or not, let us do our bit. Donate! Thanks! For those who may not know what or where DPS is, it is located along Commonwealth Ave., just past Toyota and before Ever emporium. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

No offence.. Actually I do! You are all a bunch of wingers who have nothing better to do or say but nasty and degrading things about people or organisations who try to improve your children's lives thru academic & cultural stylings. Its called Modernisation!!! Typically I have known Filipinos to be one of the most critical and most energy & blood sucking, selfish, self richess, superficial race on the planet of this earth. As far as so-called 'filipino's' are concerned.. you all should be burned alive. From where I'm from - we call it "tall poppy syndrome" and basically, my advise to you all - "Get a fucking life"!!! And Grow a Fucking Brain!!! as supposed to having brains that are not only little but narrow minded as well. No wonder a majority of your population are working as chamber maids, drivers; basically servants. And your government is so corrupt - no wonder your population is poor and your streets are dirty including yr people which are like DOGS!!! Woof!!! Say Woof u fucking ugly cunt filipinos.. Go on say it!! Fucking morons..
I can't think or act that you people do - if i did, god help me because I would need a gun to shoot myself. BTW - Leave these people to do their jobs and just got on with business.
Man! Your country is fucked up.. and you have a boxer who reckons he should run for politics. U guys are really fucked in the head.
Plus another comment - to the second last blogger - r u trying to promote your own school or something? What r u trying to do - sabatage DPS and the students and parents in it?

Anonymous said...

graduate din ako ng diliman prep 10years ago na po... marami nga ang nagbago s diliman from the time n dumating si coseteng s dps at mgaganda nga ang mga ito...


isa lng ang inaalala ko ang mga mahal kong guro... ke masungit at mabait n guro lhat sila inaalala ko... Tumaas ang tuition fee sa dps... ok lng po yun... kung ito ay napupunta s ating mga guro... nbalitaan ko po n itong taon n to ay walang increase ang mga guro... at ultimo P500 na increase sa xmas bounus ay pnagtatalunan p ng Admin at UNYON... Nkakahabag n kaguruan ng dps... At nkakadismayang admin ng dps...

sana po s mga ngcocomment... wag nyo po awaying ang mga teachers... kc wala tlg silang magagawa... empleyado lang sila ni coseteng... sumusunod... kung nkakausap nyo lng sila mararamdaman nyo ang lungkot at saya nila s pamumuno ni coseteng...

nabalitaan ko rin po n up to now ay wala paring approve n health insurance ang mga teachers. n ngexpire last november... pano ang klusugan ng mga guro... e anung petsa na... mag february n kaya.. db? Ang sabi my hinihingi daw si coseteng sa company ng health card.


uniform... di raw binigay ang budget sa uniform or wla silang bagong uniform... nkita ko nga ang mga teachers ko... n parang kupas na ang mga uniform at parang ntatanggal n ang tahi... meron daw sila n binigay yung "GALA" n susuutin pag may okasyon... eh aanuhin nila yun..? ang kailanngan nila ay ang pang araw araw n uiniform... db...

kaya kayo ng mga ngcocomment d2 ng masa o mabuti... try nyo po pumunta sa dps at kausapin ang mga guro...

and huling nabalitaan ko ay ang sa provident nila... na nakakalungkoy marinig ang nalaman ko...

wala akong question s pamamalakad ni nikki...gumanda nga ang school... ang sa akin lng ay yung mga taong pinakamakinarya ng paaralan...ang mga mahal kong guro...

nsaan na ang UNYON ng mga teachers kilos n kyo..! President ng UNYON ano ginagawa mo...hmmm?...

salamat po...

Anonymous said...

As a newcomer to this blog, I'm happy to be enlightened with what's happening in DPS. With both negative and positive comments shared, there is only one immediate task which parents have to do - be more vigilant with the school affairs and policies; be more involved with their children's education by getting to know what's really ahppening and how it impacts their child and family. Parents should be more proactive - why not form a Parents' Assembly or Association in case there is none yet? Let us have a representative from each grade and year level, so that this forum will serve as the parents' rep. in discussing with the school management regarding various issues.

I have gone through all the comments posted here. But one really caught my attention and that was when KATE said to the effect that the very presence of this "public blog" is evidence of Sen. Coseteng's administrative honesty and openness while running DPS. I will have to TOTALLY DISAGREE with this since as KATE has said herself it is "a public blog". For one it is a forum where concerned/affected parents or others may present their comments without having to be reprimanded for sharing their honest views on something that directly affects/has directly affected their children/family. The fact that this forum or blog still exists does not owe its existence from or is due to Sen. Nikki Coseteng or Kate's having given a permission to let it be. Openness and honesty are not evidenced by the existence of this blog which carries so many complaints about the school. On the contrary, parents of currently enrolled students or those parents planning to enroll their students at DPS should at least be alarmed and verify these comments/observations posted.

Parents, let us meet and sit down together to discuss these issues and determine which are really true and which needs our attention. Then perhaps, we can try to present these observations and position to the school management properly. What do you think?

Shall we meet sometime, somewhere and discuss informally first? Para sa ating mga anak at kabataan; at para sa mga fees na binabayaran.....Let's do these for our children.

Anonymous said...

i have a niece who's studying at dps. personally, we are very displeased with the school, especially the teachers' performance. we just opted to let her finish elementary there because we live like 2 blocks away.

may mga parents siguro na satisfied pa rin sa situation sa school, pero talagang hindi na maganda ang nangyayari. may mga teachers na nagtuturo ng hindi lang wrong grammar, pati na rin wrong spelling sa mga students. sinasabihan pa ang students na mamalian ang answers sa test papers kapag hindi sumunod sa tinuro nya, na mali naman talaga. sabi ko sa pamankin ko, kapag naginsist ang teacher nya sa mali, bigyan nya ng dictionary dahil i assume, hindi nya sasabihing typographical error or something ang nakalagay dun at hindi sya magmamagaling kung may actual at hard evidence na sa harap nya na mali ang tinuturo nya.

i dunno din if those who claim they are parents of students who are enrolled there really read what their children bring home. madalas ang mga test papers nila ay mali mali, hindi ko maintindihan kung walang head teacher na nageedit, or walang admin na nagbabasa bago yan ipaprint at ibigay sa students. i mean, isnt that a must, na bago final printing, may magaapprove muna?

another thing, how come walang PTA sa dps annex? i dunno lang sa main. diba supposedly, yan ang bridge between the school and the parents? eh bakit wala? is that allowed in the first place?

one last anecdote lang from my niece. one day daw while they were in class, their teacher needed to go to the washroom. sabi nya sa class, CLASS, MAY I WENT TO THE CR?
If that is what the administration of dps call QUALITY EDUCATION, i honestly do not know what is.

Anonymous said...

bakit si nikki coseteng ang focus ng concern nyo eh hindi naman sya ang nagtuturo ng lessons sa mga anak nyo ah. Isipin nyo, ang mga teachers sa DPS ay de kalidad, sila na ang nag aadjust sa situation gaano man ito kagulo para ang mga anak nyo eh makakuha ng deserving and high standard quality education. Share responsibility na lang ng teachers ang parents ang pairalin. Kung di nyo kaya ang sistema sa Diliman Prep, edi humanap kayo ng ibang school. Di naman kayo pinipigilan ah..hindi yung ngawa kayo ng ngawa at kung anu-anong pinagsasabi nyo. Yung iba kasi kung umasta akala mo mga hands on parents sa anak nila, reklamo ng reklamo sa school, tanungin mo yung bata, puro yaya lang ang kasama, walang assignments at minsan di pa makabayad ng tuition fee kaka madjong. Haller...do your part in your child's education, hindi yung ginawa nyo nang nursing home yung school ng mga anak nyo. Galit galitan para mapag takpan ang pagkukulang sa mga anak tapos kung makapag iskandalo sa school, panalo. Teachers na nga nag-aalaga, teachers pa ang masama. Kahit ano naman gawin ni Nikki, teachers pa rin ang kaharap ng mga anak nyo araw araw at nagtuturo ng mabuti para sa anak nyo...remember...share responsibilties po ang school at bahay, baka lang di nyo alam or nakalimutan nyo lang.

Anonymous said...

I have worked with Nikki Coseteng before. May pagka-bipolar siya: minsan mabait, minsan masyadong masungit at demanding. Contrary to what others are saying here, hindi siya magastos, in fact sobrang kinuripot niya ang project namin with DPS to the point na hindi man lang kami naka-breakeven. Luging-lugi kami kahit na halos wala na kaming tulog. Pero on top of all, she's very hands-on and hard-working. She stays until midnight or early morning just to make sure that the task is done and done well. She may have a rather "different" way of managing the school, but who says change happens overnight? Siguro yung mga nagpo-post ng mga harsh comments dito ay may personal lamang na galit kay Nikki. Ganoon din ako nung una, puro hatred because she is masungit and kuripot pero later on I realized that she only wants the best for this school. I am also so amazed with the students here, especially that kid who knows all the geographical locations, flags and capital cities of all the countries in the world.So there, yung attitude lang talaga ni Nikki ang ayaw ko, but I agree with her principles and ideas. Mapansin mo naman na ang mga haters dito yun yung mga petty lang ang mga arguments. Walang substance. Yung mga positive ang comments, yun ang mga well-versed and may sense ang mga sinasabi. There, just saying. Peace and ♥ :) Let's not abuse the internet. No profanity please :)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Tama lang palang umalis na nga rin dyan ang pamangkin ko, puro extra curricular activity na nga lang ginagawa, ang mahal mahal pa ng tuition, dating enrolled dyan ang kapatid ko puro subsob sa libro ngayon puro party party???