Is free education a mere blueprint?

Posted by watchmen
August 7, 2017
Posted in OPINION

When Benigno S. Aquino III campaigned for president in 2010, he rallied the nation on an anti-corruption platform. It seemed like a good plan as he would be succeeding the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which was plagued with so much corruption and deceit that even a televised apology could not allay.
During Aquino’s term, government officials took so much time implementing projects, as they were ensuring it would survive public scrutiny, which led to the worst case of “under-spending.”
While spending less might sound like a good idea for an ordinary person, for a country like the Philippines, under-spending could mean the public is not provided quality services or infrastructure. When this happens, investments may run dry, which will bring down the economy – why under-spending is not a great idea.
However, signing a law that makes the youth jump for joy is a disappointment without a sufficient budget to implement the plan. It’s essentially a blueprint for what would have been a beautiful mansion but without the resources to buy materials and pay the builders.
In this moment, I acknowledge him as a president who wants to find immediate resolutions for issues, but I am not kissing his a** either – I am thanking him for signing the bill into law, but demanding some sincerity in securing a budget for the law.
The nation’s economic managers do not agree on the sufficiency of funding due to the nation’s current priorities. But if there is a lack of funding to make education free, then they need to sort out their priorities./WDJ

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