Thursday, June 01, 2006

Shortage and Arroyo's Short Circuit

The Philippine Daily Inquirer's editorial cartoon today aptly depicts Ms. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as a tyrant with a short circuit, following her recent outburst over DepEd Head Fe Hidalgo's report on classroom shortages.

Meanwhile, youth and student groups assailed Ms. Arroyo for the bully boo-boo. Kabataan Sectoral Party cited data proving RP's classrooms are the most crowded in Asia. Anakbayan, on the other hand, said that Ms. Arroyo's loss of temper was 'uncouth and uncalled for' -- no more than a cover-up for the government's incapacity to resolve classroom shortages for the comning school year.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) went on to point out that Ms. Arroyo has once again revealed her 'penchant for doctoring numbers and making deceptive claims.' Hello Garci, anyone?

But the gravest and perhaps most stinging criticism comes from none other than a high school student, saying that "aside from flunking in good manners and right conduct, the President should also get failing marks for her "simple logic" on the shortage of classrooms.

"If that's (the President's) rationale, then there will also be no shortage in public school teachers. That's absurd. Even my classmates in high school can attest that that is not the case at all."

Ay, nakakahiya, pinangaralan ng high school student?? tsk, tsk. ###


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