Youth group ‘flunks’ Aquino’s 1st 100 days, calls passing grade ‘made in Recto’
“Libre lang mangarap, which is more than can be said about the state of education under Noynoy Aquino”
This was the reaction of Anakbayan spokesperson Charisse Bañez on claims by presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda that the Aquino administration merited a “passing grade” for its first 100 days in power.
“The only way Aquino will get a passing grade is if he gets it from Recto” said the youth leader, referring to the street in Manila which is famous for its stalls of counterfeiters of diplomas and other important documents.
“If his first 100 days are telling of his education policies, that’s the only way most youths will get their diplomas anyway” said Bañez.
Anakbayan and other youth groups have staged protests the entire September, including a massive nationwide student walkout on the 24th, against budget cuts to education in the proposed 2011 budget.
The said budget cuts, including a P1.1 billion slash to the maintenance and operating budget of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and a reduction to the student financial assistance fund of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), will have huge effects on the accessibility of college education, according to the group.
The group’s spokesperson cited a study by the Kabataan Partylist which showed that under the previous administration, the decrease in the share of state funding in the overall budget of SUCs was accompanied by an increase in the amount of tuition and other fees gathered by the said schools.
Meanwhile, the youth leader reacted angrily to a statement by Aquino which said he ‘forgives’ those who have given his adminstration’s 1st 100 days a failing grade.
Bañez said “Ang kapal rin naman ng mukha nila para sabihing pinapatawad niya ang mga hindi nagpapauto sa kanyang mga gimmick. In the first place, it is Noynoy who should be asking for forgiveness from us youths for his anti-youth policies, not the other way around.”
She vowed “Should he continue with his delusions of having the support of the Filipino youth, we can guarantee that the fires which burnt his effigy will spread to his entire administration”.
Anakbayan and its allied youth groups did the first-ever burning of a Noynoy effigy during last Sept. 24’s walkout.