Sunday 24 September 2017

Disgruntled parents torch school

Parents torched a Philippines school after their children were not given food. (AP)
Parents torched a Philippines school after their children were not given food. (AP)

A group of parents torched a school in the central Philippines after complaining their children were not given the food promised by a government programme aimed at boosting school attendance, police said.

The gutted walls were all that remained of the one-story Gaib Elementary School in Masbate island province, said provincial police chief Ed Benigay.

No one was hurt because the school was empty when it burned down overnight, he said.

"It was done by some disgruntled parents who reportedly got mad at some teachers over perceived discrimination in the school's nourishment programme," he said.

He said the parents accused the teachers of not giving their children enough rice. Under the government's Food for School programme that seeks to encourage school attendance, each student in impoverished areas is supposed to be given 2.2 pounds (a kilogram) of rice every day.

The arson left nearly 150 students aged five-10 without a classroom, Benigay said, adding that important records also were lost.

Police said no arrests have been made but they will file charges soon.

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