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Anti-blogging principal faces protests

June 17, 2010


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.

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Reinstatement of antibloggers school principal hit

June 16, 2010


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


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.

Right and Wrong: Statement of Concerned QCSHS Alumni

June 13, 2010

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.

Xientian, Manindigan!

Tamang Pamumuno, Ipaglaban!