Aquino to blame for classroom shortage, low salaries and overall crisis in education

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
June 04, 2014

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the Aquino regime for its continued failure to address the grave crisis in the Philippine educational system highlighted by the widespread shortage of classrooms in public schools and severe overcrowding because of its insistence on reducing the share of education in the national budget and giving priority to projects oriented towards the interests of his cronies and the oligarchs.

The CPP further assailed the Aquino regime for refusing to heed the demands of public school teachers for a raise in their monthly wages amidst rising prices and worsening economic conditions.

"The recent opening of the 2014-15 school year last Monday was marked by widespread overcrowding, cutting classroom size by half, making use of tents and other makeshift structures, shortening school hours and overextending teachers working hours to accommodate kindergarten, elementary and high school students," pointed out the CPP.

It is estimated that there is a shortage of 66,000 classrooms and 33,000 school teachers.

"The grave conditions in the public school system is a result of the failure of the Aquino regime to allocate sufficient resources for the construction of new school buildings and the repair and expansion of old educational facilities," said the CPP. "The situation in the areas hit by supertyphoon Yolanda last November 2013 is worse as schools damaged by the strong winds and floods remain in a state of disrepair."

"The Aquino regime is focused on funding a few school-building projects under the Public-Private Partnership program which give contracts to such oligarchs as Henry Sy to build schools for a profit", said the CPP. The CPP pointed out that under the PPP, the government will be renting the school buildings from the contractors with an agreed margin of profit.

"Aquino is making such a big show of the couple or so PPP school buildings in a vain attempt to cover up the worsening situation of the public educational system," added the CPP.

"The Aquino regime exhibited extreme contempt of the public school teachers when it dismissed demands for a salary increase and told teachers to wait next year," said the CPP. Majority of public school teachers earn P18,549 a month, way below decent living standards. It is estimated that a family of six need P31,620 a month to cover food, transportation and other basic necessities.

"By failing to allocate sufficient resources for the public educational system, the Aquino regime is further increasing the daily burden being experienced by the broad masses of workers and peasants," said the CPP. 

The CPP calls on the Filipino people to protest the Aquino regime's failure to address their demands for free education to the tertiary level. As parents and students, they must rise up to protest the severe lack of resources allocated to education, as well as to other public services.