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Krisel Mallari’s School Issues Statement

PHOTO CREDIT: Manila Bulletin

After Krisel Mallari’s controversial graduation speech went viral, the Sto. Niño Parochial School (SNPS) in Quezon City has released an official statement regarding the issue.

In its Facebook page, the administrators of the school clarified why they had to interrupt  batch salutatorian Mallari during her speech. According to SNPS, Mallari was expected to deliver a welcome remarks approved by school authorities. But during the graduation rites, Mallari delivered a speech which was different from the one approved by the school.

PHOTO CREDIT: Manila Bulletin
PHOTO CREDIT: Manila Bulletin

The content of Mallari’s speech, as claimed by SNPS, was meant to damage the reputation of the class valedictorian. According to them, Mallari accused the valedictorian of cheating.


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Meanwhile, SNPS also denied accusations made by Mallari’s family. With regards to “transparency”, the school administration emphasised that they showed Mallari’s dad, Ernesto, the computation of Mallari’s grades in all subjects. In a previous interview with ABS-CBN News, Mallari’s sister Katherine said SNPS didn’t want to show them the computation of Mallari’s grades.

In contrast to Katherine’s claims, the SNPS administration divulged that Ernesto wanted to see the grades of the batch valedictorian. However, the administration refused to grant the father’s request since it was against the school policy.

SNPS also alleged that Ernesto harassed several teachers during the past week. They accused Mallari’s father of shouting at one teacher, and forcing another to sign a paper he brought to the school.

Finally, SNPS revealed that Ernesto would complain about his daughter’s grades at the end of every school year, but Mallari accepted her awards during the school’s Recognition Rites every year.

Here’s the full statement of Sto. Niño Parochial School:

PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook account of Sto. Niño Parochial School
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook account of Sto. Niño Parochial School

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  1. Let the salutatorian exercise her FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Whatever is the content of her speech… it is her right to be heard. Why should the speech pass through the approval of the school? Because they only want to let the people know the good side of them? That’s not FREEDOM OF SPEECH anymore.

    • Kasi welcome remarks lang dapat yung sasabihin niya on that occasion, hindi siya dapat magdivert from that purpose. For instance, ikaw ang in charge sa panatang makabayan, pwede mo bang ibahin ang sasabihin mo tapos ang idadahilan mo ay freedom of speech? Hindi di ba? Kasi you are bound to certain responsibility during that program. Okay naman yung may gusto siyang sabihin, sana lang pumili siya ng mas appropriate time/place kung saan niya sinabi yun. Ano pong masasabi niyo?

      • The Salutatorian does not deliver WELCOME SPEECHES. I don’t know kung iba lang talaga ang system sa school nila, pero ang Welcome Remarks talaga school admi or guest of honor ang gumagawa. Commencement speech ang tawag sa speech ng Salutatorian at Valedictorian. Kung maglang lang yan na nagreklamo sa grades ng anak, pwede pang masabi na “stage parent lang kasi yan”.Pero the fect that the student went to great lengths to express her dismay on the school’s crooked grading system, means dapat mabigyan ng atensyon to. Hindi lang naman to nangyayare sa school niya eh. Kudos to this girl.

      • Kelanman Ang Freedom of Speech ay hindi naging karapatan o daan upang ang iyong Opinyon, Sama ng loob at Prinsipyo ay maipapakita sa karamihan, bunga ng iyong maling paniniwala, pawang aligasyon lamang at hindi pa napapatunayan. Ang lahat ng bagay pwedeng pagdududahan subalit hindi ito rason upang ikaw ay magmayabang at magpapakita ng di naaayun sa mata ng anumang antas ng lipunan. Huwag pairalin ang galit bunga ng makasariling pangarap ng mga magulang. Kelan ba naging tama ang mali? Di naman sinasabing tama ang Skwelahan at mali siya ngunit ang tanong ay kung ang kanyang sinasabi aypawang katotohanan, di pa nga napapatunayan. Walang estudyanteng tama at matalino na hindi sumusunod sa pamantayan at regulasyon sa kahit saanman. Tandaan, Ang Freedom of Speech ay may tamang panahon, tamang punto at tamang pananalita upang ito ay maipahayag na hindi nakakasama sa kapwa.

    • It is also the right of the school to uphold what they wish in their school. They could have chosen not to have had any speech at all. The rights are not one sided. And sure, the student could have done her speech elsewhere, she just had to do it there is the mistake.

      The policy of approval of speech is essential. You do not want a speech that talks about drugs in a “welcoming remarks” And why would the student not present the speech she would actually say? Of course she must have expected they would be against it. Thus, she should have forseen this coming. While freedom of speech is a good thing to have, just because you have something to say, you should say it.

  2. kng tlgang wla gngwang kbblghn ang skul bkit hndi nla ipkta ang computation ng grades ng valedictorian..dhil lbag sa policy?? kalokohan..kac totoo may mga teacher n nbi2li ng mga parents ang grades ng ank nila..mgkksabwat yan mga yan..

    • Hindi naman kalokohan yung mga ganung policy. Confidential naman talaga kasi dapat ang grades. Hindi kasi sila dapat sa school humihingi ng pahintulot na makita ang grades. Dapat doon sila makipagusap sa mga magulang nung batang gusto nila makita ang grades.

      • Mr. CJ di totoo yang sinasabi mo.Lahat ng school pinapakita sa lahat ng estudyante lalo na section nila ang kanilang mga grades.di pede private yun.

        • dapat explained nlng kung paano ang computation sa grades ilang percent every grading system, oral, academic, written exam lahat lahat para ang both parents para makuntento din.

        • Mr. Bernard, ewan ko po kung bawal sa Pinas, pero parang unethical naman po na ipakita ng school sa ibang parents ang grade ng mga students na hindi naman nila anak. Yung mga teachers, ibibigay nila sa mga students yung card nila, tapos pwde nang magpakitaan yung mga magka-kaklase. Sa US nga po, merong FERPA(Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) na nagpu-protect ng privacy ng mga bata. Walang sinuman ang makakakuha o makakakita ng records ng anak mo without written consent from you…. and YES….PRIVATE po yun! 🙂

      • If it is just within the school, I don’t believe that there is anything confidential about the grades of the student. It is the result of the student’s work based on his/her performance in which, the performance is visible to all other students especially in the class. Since ranking of the students is involved, it should be transparent so that it is clear to students and guardians how they were ranked.

    • Wrong place at the wrong time. Di sana nagpa-press conference na lang siya pra ma-exercise niya ang FREEDOM OF SPEECH niya. I admire her bravery and audacity to do such act but I think she was out of her boundaries. She didn’t even think of the school’s reputation and the other colleagues who will be affected. The parents should also be the one to guide their child and won’t tolerate such act. If they are against the school’s decision I think there is a better way to fight for their rights to know the computation of the final grades under due process. Lumalabas pa na hindi siya SPORTS. And for everyone to know grades are private thing which should not be shared to other parents especially without the consent of the parent’s child.

  3. Hindi magiging batayan ang grades ng bata para maging successful balang araw. Lagi ko tong sinasabi sa anak ko grades are important but values are more important. Hindi eto basehan ng freedom of speech o ano man. Minsan may mga bagay na dapat natin matutunan. Kung may mali man ang school mali din ang gumawa nito. Ang maapektuhan lalo ang bata, instead na ganito nangyari sana sinuportahan ng magulang ang bata sa ibang paraan na pagbutihan pa ang pagaaral nya at iprove na mas malayo ang maabot nya compare dun sa valedictorian.

    • it’s not about who’s on the top. It’s about you have gained as person that truly matter. It’s about learning more about yourself and trying to be better,pero ang pinaghirapan mo na dapat para sayo at inagaw ng iba masakit po yon.Ang ginawa ng teachers na pamamahiya sa student mali po talaga yon!pinatapos nyo na lang sana sya kung alam nyo na wla kayong ginawang mali sa ranking nyo at karapatan dn po nyang malaman ang computation ng grades ng mga honors para makita niya kung bakit salutatorian lang po sya.

  4. its not about the approval of the principal or whatsoever!
    the thing is she voice out what to know!
    You’re a catholic church! GOd Knows what the truth is!

  5. At first, I feel proud with the bravery of this girl, however, expressing a right thing in a wrong manner is a Different side of the story . academics achievement is just an edge and not an assurance for a better life nor a guarantee for a brighter future.
    It always falls on how you will manage your life and how to cope on the philosophy of zigzag.

    Those awards will always remain as an award. What matters are the Learning you have and the application of the latter.

      • it’s not about who’s on the top. It’s about you have gained as person that truly matter. It’s about learning more about yourself and trying to be better,pero ang pinaghirapan mo na dapat para sayo at inagaw ng iba masakit po yon.Ang ginawa ng teachers na pamamahiya sa student mali po talaga yon!pinatapos nyo na lang sana sya kung alam nyo na wla kayong ginawang mali sa ranking nyo at karapatan dn po nyang malaman ang computation ng grades ng mga honors para makita niya kung bakit salutatorian lang po sya.

    • True. The measurement still, is how a child becomes in the future. Prove themselves worthy of whatever they are fighting for. For now, arguments on freedom of speech, transparency, etc. will almost always be subjective, subject to who, one wants to believe.

  6. May karapatan ang bawat mag aaral na ipaliwanag ang saloobin niya, lalo na at alam nya na mali ang ginagawa ng isang paaralan.Sa palagay nyo ba if kau ang magulang ng bata na yan e tolerate nyo ba ang mga ganoong gawain ng school. Kaya proud ako sa bata na yun at na express nya ang kanyang saloobin.

    • Ang karapatan ay may hangganan. Ayon sa statement ng paaralan, pinigil nila ang talumpati kase hindi iyon ang approved speech at nakakasirang puri na rin sa kanilang valedictorian. So sa madaling salita, ang kampo ni Mallari ay dinaya ang paaralan sa araw na iyon sa pamamagitan nang pagbago nang kanilang talumpati. Sa mga ganitong klaseng pamamaraan nasisira ang kredibilidad ng isang tao.

      Tama naman na ipaliwanang ang saloobin ng isang mag-aaral kung nakikita nila na mali ang ginagawa ng isang paaralan. Kung nagpapaliwanag nang maayos, pinapakinggan ng maayos. Pero kung darating na sa punto na ina-akusahan na ang paaralan sa pinapalagay na kamaliang ginagawa nila, ay ibang usapan na iyon. Dapat nasa wastong oras, lugar at pamamaraan. Tandaan sa batas, ang responsibiladad nang pagpapatunay na mali ang isang tao ay nasa nag-aakusa at hindi sa akusado. Dapat nilang patunayan na mali talaga ang paaralan sa pamamagitan ng ebidensya at hindi dahil sa palagay lang nila.

  7. she just expressing and not mentioning any names..sana pinatapos iyong statement ng bata para mapatunayan kung ano talaga ang laman at saloobin. may maganda naman din sa statement nya nagpasalamat pa sya sa mga guro.kaso lng hinuhusgahan agad iyan ang sobrang kabanalan humuhusga cla sariling preface not the content.

  8. If you look at the kind of country we are in now, you will notice the consequences of too much freedom– lack of respect, lack of discipline, lack of concern and care of the surroundings– and most of the time, we people blame it to schools– that they failed to instill values among the students under their care. In the case of Mallari, the school definitely has done its best for her Christian formation because she claims she is God fearing. Who could have taught her prudence and humility? Couldn’t it be her parents who in the first place should have told her what is right and what is wrong? It is not right to lambast your school just because you can’t accept defeat. The reason why educators fail is that parents look at them as adversaries rather than partners in the formation of their kids. I believe building our country starts at home. Parents, let us inspire our kids to do good no matter what. let us set aside our personal prestige so that we may really be able to put our attention into actions that can rather help our country.

  9. I really salute this girl. Dpat nman kc tlaga ang gawin nung school kaparehas nung samin dati. Nagpatawag ng meeting w/c involves all the top students together w/ their parents. Doon pinakita LAHAT ng mga teacher in each subject panu nakuha ung final grades ng mga student. (nakamanila paper lang, di pa gano uso projector). So nung ung isang student na palaging nasa top 5 lang every s.y. eh biglang naging top 4 pagdating ng 4th yr, walang nagreklamo. Khit sabihin pang matindi ung competition.

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