Gor­don: SUCs, science high schools should pri­or­i­tize poor but de­serv­ing stu­dents

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OLONGAPO CITY— True to his long-time ad­vo­cacy of hav­ing poor but de­serv­ing stu­dents be­ing pri­or­i­tized for ad­mis­sion to the coun­try’s state col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties and science high schools, Sen­a­tor Richard J. Gor­don slammed the al­leged “palakasan” sys­tem be­ing prac­ticed in Olongapo City’s Science High School.

“I have been hear­ing re­ports that most of the stu­dents in the Science High School come from well-to-do fam­i­lies. This is not re­ally re­gret­ful in it­self be­cause they could all have passed the qual­i­fy­ing ex­ams. But what makes this of­fen­sive is that I have been get­ting re­ports too that the prin­ci­pal is al­legedly ne­go­tiable,” he said.

Gor­don pointed out that the prac­tice robs poor but de­serv­ing stu­dents of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get a good ed­u­ca­tion and later on the op­por­tu­nity to carve bet­ter lives for them­selves.

“When I was in the Con-Con, I pro­posed to in­clude a pro­vi­sion that says SUCs and Science high schools should give pri­or­ity to in­di­gent or poor but de­serv­ing stu­dents so they will be given an op­por­tu­nity to get good ed­u­ca­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, when the 1973 Con­sti­tu­tion was rat­i­fied, the pro­vi­sion was not in­cluded,” the youngest del­e­gate to the 1971 Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion said.

“When my grand­son, Nick, passed the en­trance exam in Philip­pine Science High School and he asked me if he will en­roll there,

I told him, ‘I am proud of you for get­ting ac­cepted. How­ever, I would rather that you en­roll in Xavier School. I don’t want you to de­prive a poor but qual­i­fied stu­dent of a slot in Philip­pine Science when you have the means to en­roll in an­other school,’” he added.

Gor­don also ex­pressed his pride in his other grand­chil­dren who are all in­tel­li­gent and stu­dent lead­ers. “The ap­ples can­not re­ally fall far from the tree,” he said. (Press Re­lease)

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