Protest against Education Cuts and Privatisation in the Philippines
Teachers and students in the Philipppines are fighting education cuts
Thousands of students and teachers took to the streets last Saturday to protest the increasing commercialisation of ecuation in the Philippines and the cuts to the state education budget. The budget has been cut this year to approximately half a billion dollars - far short of the $1.1 billion required to provide a decent education service in the country. Meanwhile President Aquino's government is increasing spending on the military by 9.9% as well as increasing the money for intelligence services.
While the government has trumpeted the introduction of pre-school education for all, it has done so on the backs of the nursery teachers who have not been paid since June. The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) marched to the Philippine parliament to demand more money for teachers, for education resources and decent classrooms.