A state university is supposed to protect the right of the people to proper education. If someone has the required abilities, skills, and intelligence, he should be able to obtain every right to obtain a diploma to be able to contribute to the development of the country. People pay taxes so that things like this can be implemented.
But what happened to that young girl, whose only dream is to elevate her and her family’s status in life by qualifying to the nation’s most prestigious university, is beyond reason. She was a commoner, with no connection whatsoever, and was armed with only the determination to become a productive member of the society, just like any “scholar ng bayan” should be. And her only problem is that her family is too poor to comply with the financial policies of the university, which the tax payers should have already covered.
As a former student who worked for his education, as a tax-payer who has been paying a huge part of his monthly earnings to the government, as a student of another state university who is trying to pursue a good quality of public education and as a teacher who tries to motivate the youth to learn, this is sad news. But the worst news is, no amount of change now can realize that dream of a young girl that has already vanished.
“In fields of battle, deliriously fighting,
Others give you their lives, without doubt, without regret;
Where there’s cypress, laurel or lily,
On a plank or open field, in combat or cruel martyrdom,
If the home or country asks, it’s all the same–it matters not.”
photo by : MANILA STANDARD TODAY