Protesters hound Education secretary Leonor Briones as she refuses to acknowledge the Lumad schools issues.
Lumad students and their teachers are still camped out at the Department of Education central office in Pasig City.
“It’s one of our initiatives to ensure that children continue to learn while demanding immediate action from the government.”
“It would be good if she [Education Secretary Eleanor Briones] would go to the ground and see our condition herself.”
Some teachers received salaries amounting to only P200.
Two teachers interviewed by Bulatlat shared joys, inspiration, and overcoming anxieties as they help the Lumad children with their education, which they were deprived of for so long.
“They are determined and eager to learn.”
“They asked, ‘Are you our new teacher?’ and the elders began to thank me. It was a touching moment.”
Teachers lament that state security forces get doubled salaries in 2018, but not teachers.
“The campus security personnel nailed the doors shut, forcibly removed the students and threatened that they will be arrested and brought to the police if they try to assert their rights. Activists are being threatened with expulsion.”
Stories of courage and perseverance of Lumad students and teachers poured out at the gathering.