Here is the print format of the statement made by concerned QCSHS Alumni entitled “Right and Wrong.”
We received a news release from Anakbayan national vice chairperson and QCSHS alumnus Anton Dulce on the impending protest action to be held on the QCSHS facade. Please read, and if interested to participate in the protest, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students, faculty, and alumni of the Quezon City Science High School (QCSHS) are set to hold a protest tomorrow against the return of a former principal.
The principal, Zenaida Sadsad, suspended four QCSHS students last year after the latter criticized her in their internet blogs. She was then removed from her position due to the public uproar against the suspensions. However, she was reinstated as the head of the same school several weeks ago.
Anakbayan national vice-chairperson and QCSHS alumnus Anton Dulce slammed the reappointment of Sadsad, saying she is ‘very much’ unfit for the position.
“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 said.
According to him, the reinstatement is a bad example to the youth, especially to the school’s students.
“This sends the message that its ok 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.
He noted that the suspensions are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’.
“There are many allegations of corruption against her, as well as a wide range of complaints from current and former QCSHS students who were under her regime. But she has successfully intimidated students and teachers from even just speaking out against her” said the youth leader.
He also criticized the Department of Education for claiming that Sadsad would not be allowed to reclaim her old post in a dialogue with students, faculty, and alumni.
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. According to DepEd official Dr. Cacanindin, there was “no truth” to the then-circulating rumors of the reinstatement.
“Ang magnanakaw ay kapatid ng sinungaling. If the corruption allegations against Sadsad are true, then we shouldn’t wonder why they lied to us about her return. They probably take a cut from whatever funds have been messed around with” he said. ###
The need for the students, parents, teachers and alumni to once again rise up as one in stopping another wrong in the history of Quezon City Science High School is at hand.
With the return of controversial principal Dr. Zenaida Sadsad to our alma mater, we find the ideals espoused by our motto Scientia et Virtus, “Knowledge and Virtue”, in peril.
We the students ask: if we are knowledgeable, why do we allow something as stupid such as the return of a principal who have stomped down on our academic freedom and rights? If we are virtuous, why do we seem to have forgotten how to differentiate “right” from “wrong”?
Is it right to be Tyrannical?
Is it right to attempt the 10-day suspension of four students who have only been blogging their criticisms of Sadsad’s unpopular policies back in 2009? Every person is entitled to the freedom to express, and Sadsad’s actions are clear attempts to stop us from speaking out.
Sure, the Dep-Ed has already dismissed the suspensions of our fellow xientians. But the case filed in the Commission on Human Rights is currently getting nowhere, and her deeds remain unpunished.
We thus urge for her removal from position as the first step to achieving justice. We ask for the continuing of the legal cases filed against her as the next.
Is it right to be Corrupt?
Is it right to abuse the QCSHS principalship for self-interest? There have been numerous allegations of corruption involving Sadsad, including irregularities in the PTA and QCSHS cooperative funds, and even the solicitation of cash from non-passing applicants of QCSHS in exchange for their admission to our school.
We are all victims as Sadsad continues to benefit at our expense, and we thus urge an investigation into these matters to hold accountable Dr. Sadsad.
It is a Virtue to know what is right and what is wrong. We’re sure the students know the actions of Sadsad are wrong. It is Wisdom to realize that the righting of wrongs cannot be achieved if we allow ourselves to remain trembling before the tyrants.
When we met the blogger suspensions with protest actions, we were able to mount enough public pressure to force Sadsad to be given a graceful exit. Her comeback is a challenge for us to meet her with greater numbers and stronger opposition.
Tamang Pamumuno, Ipaglaban!