'Lorena' becomes face of campaign for education reform
MANILA, Philippines - In taking her life over unpaid tuition, a University of the Philippines-Manila student may have become the face of the campaign for educational reform.
By Saturday, March 16, there were indications UP Manila would suspend its forced leave of absence policy imposed on students unable to pay tuition on time.
The day before, on March 15, students gathered simultaneously in the 5 University of the Philippines systems nationwide. They said the suicide of a fellow student points to a serious problem in the country's state education system which should be giving preference to the under-privileged. Online, UP Manila is also getting a lot of flak.
Those cold hearted bureaucrats in UP Manila should resign in guilt & shame.— Teddy Casiño (@teddycasino) March 15, 2013
@sonnyangaraNo.It already does that!It must rather, Find ways to make it BETTER.So that graduated get higher paying jobs if jobs at all!— Mark Cojuangco (@markcojuangco) March 15, 2013
@venzieNo criticism at all for her unreasonable taking of her own life?No sense of anger that she may hav betrayed her colleagues &friends?— Mark Cojuangco (@markcojuangco) March 15, 2013
- Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com