Students protest education neglect

Instead of going to school, elementary and high school students marked their first day of classes with a protest caravan to show their disgust over the Philippine government's neglect of education.

By Guil Franco (Our Correspondent)

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Published: Tue 6 Jun 2006, 3:20 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:42 PM

Students belonging to the high school chapters of Anakbayan (Children of the Nation) and League of Filipino Students (LFS) said they would converge outside their respective schools before going to the Batasang Pambansa (House of Representatives) Complex in suburban Quezon City, in a caravan where they will voice out their indignation.

Borrowing a line from a popular product commercial, protest organisers said the theme for yesterday's student action was 'First Day Junk' to show the decrepit condition of public schools in the Philippines.

According to Kabataan (Youth) Party president Raymond Palatino, the theme fits perfectly well with the dismal state of public schools, with the same broken chairs, electric fans, ceilings and other 'junk' welcoming students in their first day in class.

He said most classrooms in public schools are in pitiable condition.

The Kabataan Party together with the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), LFS and other youth and student groups are gearing up for another huge demonstration on June 13 to protest the unabated hikes in tuition and other fees in the country's private schools.

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