26 students not expelled: SIT-A A +A
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
SALAZAR Institute of Technology Chairman of the board and president Doroteo “Dodo” Salazar said the 26 students who joined the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival of Festivals were not dropped from school.
In an interview with radio dyHP, he said the incident is about politics but about disciplining the students into following school rules.
“They are not dropped yet. I told them to submit a letter explaining why they left without asking permission),” Salazar said.
Madridejos Mayor Salvador dela Fuente said the incident might be influenced by politics. He said the organizer of the Isda Festival, which was presented by the town during the Pasigarbo, sent a letter to the school administrator.
Salazar challenged dela Fuente to show to them the letter. He said Bantayan also joined the same event yet the mayor called him and sent him a letter asking for permission.
But dela Fuente said Bantayan is different from their case because the town is not a rival in politics.
Salazar and dela Fuente were political allies in 2007, as mayor and vice mayor, respectively. In 2010, both ran for mayor. Dela Fuente won.
Salazar insisted the organizer did not send a letter to the school.
He said the school informed the students two weeks before their departure to ask permission since it was midterm examination.
“We need to teach students about discipline. Let us show to them that their life should be about following rules, regulations and the law,” Salazar said.
He said there is no politics involved because the families of 20 out of the 26 students are his political supporters.
Salazar said the Pasigarbo is out of the issue.
He said under the regulations of the Commission on Higher Education, a student who failed to attend class for 3 consecutive days is considered dropped. He said the 26 students were absent for 15 days.
Dela Fuente said the students were absent for a total of seven days only.
He said they have a copy of the letter that is given to the SIT administrator.
He said he is helping the students, whose future might be at risk because of the issue.
The students have sought the help of the Commission on Higher Education on the matter
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2012.