Mediocrity should not be encouraged, Gwen tells teachers

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Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia told the Department of Education to stop the practice of promoting students to the next grade level despite poor performance.

Giving a passing grade for the effort despite poor academic performance only encourages mediocrity, said Garcia, who earlier pushed for the restoration of English as a medium of instruction in schools under the Cebu Province Division.

The governor said she will bring up the issue in the next meeting of the provincial school board. (

“We are encouraging mediocrity, and that is not what Cebu deserves. This is, for me, the greatest province here ever was. We should institute a standard of excellence here,” she added.

Garcia suggested that students who do not do well academically can take vocational courses.