Would this improve or disrupt the students’ education?
In the Philippines, a lot of students cut class just to be able to play billiards just a few meters away from their own school. With this at hand, more and more children are either dropping out of school, or are failing in their grades.
When Billiards became a regular sport in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa, the Philippine department of education is thinking of bringing billiards to different schools. Aside from encouraging children to go to school and attend class, DepEd aims to support those who have potential in the said sport.
According to Billiards Tournament Director Jofran Nyl Tupas from Negros Occidental, DepEd is encouraging other divisions to buy billiards table for schools, and has gained positive reactions from teachers.
Tupas said: “We are putting billiards inside the school para ‘yung mga manlalaro natin hindi na lalabas. Para ‘yung pagte-training natin hindi na lalabas.”
(We are putting billiards inside the school so that students won’t have to go out. They will not need to go out to train.)
Tupas also told ABS-CBN news that after Billiards was included in the Palarong Pambansa, drop-outs started returning to school and absences have decreased a lot.