The Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan-Kilusang Mayo Uno (PAMANTIK-KMU) criticized the Aquino administration’s ‘consistent efforts in justifying PPP’ at the ceremonial turnover of new classrooms at the Carmona National High School today.
Aquino, who led the ceremony, said his administration has surpassed its target in wiping out the backlogs in classrooms during the previous regime. After praising Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro, the latter said that the said achievement was a result of “collaborative work of private organizations and public institutions showing commitment to quality education for Filipino learners.”
“Obviously, aside from trying to avert the Filipino people from the real educational situation in the country and attempting to cover up Aquino’s incapability in addressing the youth’s needs for affordable and quality education, the regime is trying to justify its plans in privatizing public institutions through the public-private partnership program.” Wenecito Urgel, PAMANTIK-KMU Secretary General said.
Out of the 66,800 classrooms that were turned over today, 14,886 were funded by local donations, 1,215 by foreign donations, and 2,242 by Public-Private Partnerships for the School Infrastructure Project I, according to Luistro.
“The lack of classrooms and educational materials are among the basic problems faced by the country’s primary and secondary education sector. When we say that we need these addressed, we mean that the government needs to reallocate more budget that will directly fund education as a basic social service. Relying on public-private partnerships and private ‘donations’ are done to conceal the government’s sheer compliance to the IMF’s dictates in implementing austerity measures and privatizing public institutions including schools.” Urgel added.
“Our sons and daughters deserve more than Aquino’s deceptive programs. Pushing for PPPs will only mean the privatization of public schools—and we know that this will instigate tuition increases and the deterioration of the quality of education, among others. We want our children to have a bright future through quality education, and clearly, public-private partnerships are not the way to go.” Urgel ended.###
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