A new school year is yet to launch! Opening of classes will start on June 3. Everyone is busy enrolling, buying of school supplies and parents are on left to right moving its energy sourcing out money to send their children in school. This really proves that we Filipinos value education amidst against all odds. Thus, despite of chaos and crisis we don’t just take education as privilege of the few especially of those who belong to the higher socio-economic status in the society but we really exercise our right to education.
It is said that education is an essential treasure that, once acquired by a person, cannot be stolen or taken away from him even through violence, but can be shared by other people. Objectively, right means in Ethics what is just, reasonable, equitable, what ought to be, what is justifiable, something that is owed or due to others. It is the object of justice. Subjectively, right means a moral power or well-founded claim to do, hold or receive something from others.
Right to education is one of the human natural rights which every person should possess from childhood to old age. Human natural rights are fundamental privileges immediately derive from the rational nature of man and the natural moral law and guaranteed to all men for the attainment of their temporal and eternal goals, as the right to life, to a livelihood, to education. Right to education is an inalienable right for it cannot be renounced or transferred because it is necessary for the fulfillment of man’s primordial obligation.
Right to education is not only a human natural inalienable right but also a civil and political right. It is a constitutional mandate as provided on Section 1, Article XIV of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states, among other things, that “the State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.” That’s why...