Anti-blogging principal faces protests

June 17, 2010

Source: http://www.malaya.com.ph/06152010/metro3.html

PROTESTS will greet the return of the “anti-blogging” principal to the Quezon City Science High School (QCSHS) when classes open today as parents, faculty members and alumni remain against her reappointment.

Anakbayan national vice chair and QCSHS alumni Anton Dulce said the reappointment of Zenaida Panti-Sadsad is a bad example to the youth, especially to the school’s students. He said Sadsad is “very much” unfit for the position.

“This sends the message that it’s okay for leaders to be human rights violators. She steps on the students’ freedom of expression, and instead of being punished, is rewarded by being allowed to return to her old post. It’s like allowing Jovito Palparan to head the AFP, or the Ampatuans to rule Maguindanao again” said Dulce.

“If she was a student, she would flunk first year Social Studies. She is clearly ignorant of the Constitution, specifically the right to freedom of expression. There is no way she is qualified to even teach, much less be a principal,” he added.

Sadsad suspended four QCSHS students working on the school paper last year after they criticized her in their Internet blogs. She also removed the school paper’s faculty adviser Rex San Diego who had been critical of her and gave him other teaching loads.

Sadsad herself was removed from her position in December due to the public uproar but was reinstated several weeks ago. DepEd-National Capital Region under its then director, Teresita Domalanta, also overturned the suspension of the students.

Dulce criticized DepEd for reneging on its promise during a dialogue with students, faculty and alumni that Sadsad would not be allowed to reclaim her old post. Last May 17, concerned alumni, students, and faculty went to DepEd’s Division Office in Quezon City to say that they “deserve much better” than Sadsad.

“Mrs. Panti-Sadsad’s short tenure as principal has elicited too much controversy and has divided the school community. Her return is the last thing we need. We have yet to heal from the wounds caused by her administration, and yet, we are being subjected to torture brought about by the prospects of her return,” QCSHS alumni association president Mildred Legaspi declared.

Sadsad was supposed to move to the Ernesto Rondon High School and Sauyo High School but sources said she refused the transfer.

The Eulogio Rodriguez High School where she was also supposed to be assigned staged a protest even before she could step inside the school.

Ashzel Hachero

Reinstatement of antibloggers school principal hit

June 16, 2010

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/metro/view/20100615-275757/Reinstatement_of_antibloggers_school_principal_hit

By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:33:00 06/15/2010

LISTEN TO THE PARENTS.

The top official of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Metro Manila has sided with the parents of students from the Quezon City Science High School (QCSHS) who are opposing the return of a former school principal.

Zenaida Sadsad was removed as school principal last year after she suspended four students who had criticized her in their blogs.

DepEd National Capital Region Director Flordeliza Magday Tuesday said she had sent Quezon City school supervisor Rowena Cacanindin to the school to address parents’ concerns after Sadsad was reinstated a few weeks ago.

“I’ve already sent Cacanindin after the parents complained. We should listen to the desire of the parents,” Magday said.

Militant youth group Anakbayan joined students, parents, and alumni of QCSHS in protesting Sadsad’s return.

“Is ‘human rights violator’ now part of the job description for public school principals in our country? Because this is the message the Department of Education is sending with its reinstatement of Sadsad,” said Anton Dulce, Anakbayan national vice chair and QCSHS alumnus.

He accused Sadsad of abusing her powers when she ordered the suspension of the four bloggers last year.

“How can someone ignorant of something as basic as the Constitutional right to freedom of speech be qualified to head an educational institution?” Dulce said.

“Despite the atmosphere of fear she has installed, all sectors of our high school community will continue to defy her illegitimate rule,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dulce criticized DepEd officials for claiming that Sadsad would not be allowed to reclaim her old post during a dialogue with students, faculty, and alumni.

On May 17, concerned alumni, students, and faculty trooped to the DepEd’s Division Office in Quezon City for a dialogue regarding Sadsad’s reinstatement.

Dulce said Cacanindin then said there was “no truth” to the rumors about Sadsad’s return.

Protest to be held vs ‘anti-blogger’ principal

June 16, 2010

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/protest-be-held-vs-anti-blogger-principal

A RALLY will greet Tuesday’s opening of classes at the Quezon City Science High School (QCSHS) as parents, faculty, and alumni expressed opposition to the reinstatement of an “anti-blogging” principal.

Anakbayan national vice chairperson and QCSHS alumni Anton Dulce said the re-appointment of Zenaida Panti-Sadsad would serve as a bad example to the youth, citing she is “very much” unfit for the position.

“If she was a student, she would flunk in Social Studies. She is clearly ignorant of the Constitution, specifically, the right to freedom of expression,” he added.

Sadsad suspended four QCSHS students last year after criticizing her in their internet blogs. She was then removed from her position due to public uproar against the suspensions.

DepEd-National Capital Region under its then director, Teresita Domalanta, eventually overruled the suspension and reinstated the students.

Last May 17, concerned alumni, students, and faculty trooped to the DepEd’s Division Office in Quezon City for a dialogue regarding the return of Sadsad.

QCSHS Alumni Association President Mildred Legaspi said they “deserve much better” considering that Sadsad’s tenure was beset with controversies.

“Mrs. Panti-Sadsad’s short tenure as principal has elicited too much controversy and has divided the school community. Her return is the last thing we need,” Legaspi said.

After she was “removed” from QCSHS last December, Sadsad was supposed to take over the post at the Ernesto Rondon High School and Sauyo High School but sources said she refused.

The Eulogio Rodriguez High School community staged a similar picket more than a year ago upon receiving news that Sadsad is being assigned there. (AH/Sunnex)


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