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Thursday, September 5, 2013
WHEN World War II ended in 1945 and schools were reopened, many intermediate students were accelerated to first year. Some of them who were from the towns enrolled at the Cebu Provincial High School (CPHS), now the Abellana National High School.
But the University of the Philippines (UP) Junior College also opened a high school that accepted only third and fourth year students. Thus came about the UP College Cebu High School.
The first batch of students was mostly from high schools of the established private colleges and universities in downtown Cebu City and the CPHS.
The first UP College High School classes at the Lahug campus were housed in bamboo-and-nipa huts abandoned by the American soldiers when they pulled out. Only seventeen students were in third year, with nineteen students in fourth year.
It is unfortunate that the UP campus now has become the source of a conflict regarding values and orientation.
Note that the social culture and philosophy of the students in the UP main campus in Quezon City was almost the same as those of the students in Cebu. That is why it is difficult to think that the plans of UP in Lahug contradict what the UP has been: pro-people, pro-community.
At the risk of being accused of talking out of turn, or of being against the 1,000 or so families who will be dislocated if UP authorities should push through with their plans, I would say that my conscience is with the hundreds of potential high school students who would truly benefit from an expanded UP high school in Lahug.
More students would be sharing the quality of learning that the UP high school could give our young who would experience UP education.
I am not saying that the UP’s instruction is better than the other schools we have here.
But there is something in the point that those who desire to have a similar social and political direction and orientation with those who had enrolled in the UP colleges in the nation’s other regions will have more opportunity of experiencing UP education here, too, with an expanded UP campus.
Perhaps, it is the pride that UP is one of the oldest public school we have in the country and is considered as being comparable to some of the best universities abroad.
Just the same, I am kind of feel nostalgic about the start of the UP high school in Cebu many decades ago. I was one of the first seventeen (or was it eighteen?) third year students of the new high school, and was in the second batch of graduates.
We were then called UP high school pioneers. Where our huts stood, there is now the library and the social hall.
How I wish the school’s dilemma could be resolved without anybody who has a social right to a better future being hurt in the process.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2013.