At this time, screenshots of a chat were released from a section in HUMMS, wherein individuals were talking about G.A. students as a whole. Within these messages, the people who were talking mentioned how those in the General Academic students are “basic”, “general” and “good at choking”. Furthermore, the students who had continued to comment on those from G.A. laughed at remarks when other classmates of theirs mentioned how GA has talent and how there are GA students who have potential to be better.
Furthermore, teachers and writers have also talked about how G.A. is a “waste for students” and a place where “they can’t develop further”. These types of comments don’t just lead to issues between students and teachers but have also seemingly caused trouble in professional environments such as the faculty room. In addition, in a Philstar article entitled “The General Academic Strand,” by Isagani Cruz, it goes as to far as to say,
The fact that teachers and other adults are out there, putting down students who have been placed in a certain strand is seemingly unacceptable. While as children, most people have been taught to look up to those who are older than us and to try and follow in their footsteps, hearing such types of criticism or reading it off of the screens of our computers or phones would, of course, bring them down and make them wish that they had been accepted into a different strand.
“I am Happy in the GA strand because it gave me more time to choose on what type of career i will pursue in the future. GA is different because it's like the number 0, hollow but has limitless potential. that's why I will continue to be a proud GA student”
“With what GA offers, not specializing in a subject would mean opening the doors to a world of dynamic options. It would be easier to choose to specialize once you’ve got the hang of things.”
“I am happy with GA because it does not restrict me to a certain field of expertise and offers more opportunities to be explored.”
“To be honest, if I had the choice to switch strands, I’d stay with GA. Aside from the academics, the people here are so motivated and so hard working, determined to show that they belong and that they aren’t as the stereotypes claim them to be.”