In Summary
  • Schools are holding fully fledged graduation ceremonies for five-year-olds as they ‘graduate’ from pre-primary to primary school.
  • Teachers and parents should settle for a small party, even in the classroom, with snacks and, possibly, entertainment.

The Oxford English Dictionary describes a graduation as the award of a degree or diploma.

That has been the norm since the 17th Century. It is on this occasion that the graduands don their academic regalia as they celebrate the hard work they put into academics for the period.

However, a new trend is getting popular across the country. Schools are holding fully fledged graduation ceremonies for five-year-olds as they ‘graduate’ from pre-primary to primary school.

LITTLE CAPS

The children slip into their little caps and gowns to pose for pictures as they line up to receive their awards and certificates at extravagant ceremonies. Is this not too much to give to a child too soon for achieving so little?

Finishing pre-primary level is, surely, a special moment — often sentimental. The pupil will have to study for more hours, forget about the afternoon nap and leave the nurturing preschool teacher behind. It is a new experience altogether.

However, holding such a colourful graduation ceremony is going overboard. Teachers and parents should settle for a small party, even in the classroom, with snacks and, possibly, entertainment from the more creative of the pupils.

Here, the teachers can read out the achievements of the pupils throughout the two years and present certificates and gifts like at a normal term meeting.

The parents will not be required to dig deep into their pockets for extra money to cater for gowns, food and drinks.

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