Reporter's Notebook's award-winning Education Special airs this Saturday night on Sine Totoo.
Public schools are tasked to provide free education. But GMA News and Public Affairs reporter Tina Panganiban-Perez documents schools that require parents to pay special fees every school year. Although these are supposedly voluntary, report cards and exam results are not released without payment. This forces students from very impoverished families to drop out.
Children in the ARMM region already have the highest elementary school dropout rate. Reporter Maki Pulido interviews Muslim girls who experience discrimination in their classes. They share that fellow students would tag them as Abu Sayyaf and make fun of them for wearing the hijab or veil. One teacher even threatened to drag a girl by the hair to the guidance office if she did not remove her hijab.
Sine Totoo host Howie Severino interviews veteran reporter Tina Panganiban-Perez regarding the issues that push education further away from the reach of the poor.
Has education become more of a privilege than a right in our country? Find out on Reporter's Notebook's Education Special, a finalist at the 2007 UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Awards. Sine Totoo airs this Saturday night on GMA-7.