In Bigger Prints

Table of Contents


Section I

1 The Egg

2 Hatsing! (Bless Me)

3 Arthropodic Wisdom

4 Dear Decision Maker

5 Letters To The World

6   A Pain In My Head

7 Something Happened On My Way To School
8   A Discourse on The Grand Laws of the Universe

9 Black or White

10 Bayanihan in Jeddah

11 Chair of The Interim Board

12 Breakaway Telephonic Existence

13 The 'R' in Mrs. Regis

14 One City, One School

15 Eggs Breaking

16 PESJ History

17 The Chicken Fence

18 Believing The Man

19   My Own Version of The Jolo-Caust

20 My Sister's Version

21 The Rifle Guitar

22   Cat Stevens Unplugged

23  Landing on D-Day

24 The Great O-O-Os of the Late 20th Century

25 He Kept On Stumbling Over Chickens And Eggs

26   The Renaissance of Tilapia Farming And The Likes

27   The Saga Continues

28   The Pigeons In Our Lives

29 The Essence of Education

30   A School Is A Home

31  Gentle Fire From The Qur'an

32  At The Threshold

33  A Brief Discourse On Dancing

34  Being First

35   At The Edge of Light-Blue Metallic

36   Grappling With The Colossus


Section II
In Bigger Prints

The Power To Be
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 1 # 1

Of Crabs & Men
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

An Inability To Understand
Excerpts from A Speech by Prince Charles,
B & B Vol. Vol. 3 # 1

'Educating Miriam'
Excerpts from A Case Study of A Philippine School,
B & B Vol 3 # 2


Section III

A millennial short story


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Copyright © 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr.

16   PESJ History (cont.)

Dec. 1994

In Dec. 1994, the DECS directives 33-94 and 40-94, ordering for the privatization of Philippine schools abroad, issued in mid-1994, was finally made public by the Congen. This was after the PTC got wind of these directives from the Riyadh embassy which was already organizing a management committee of parents for the Riyadh school to prepare the school for eventual privatization.

In the period Jan - Mar 1995,

While Riyadh was openly advocating a pro-parent policy by electing and convening a management committee during SY 94-95, in Jeddah the effort to empower parents continued to meet stiff opposition. This opposition came in several forms :

A Faculty & Staff Association, FSA, was organized in PSJ. The first act of the FSA was to reject the parents demand for greater participation in the management of the school and to demand that the FSA runs the school or else it will close it down.

The Congen was insisting on appointing a governing board, not an ‘election’ as was being proposed by the parents through the PTC.

Even parents activities in the PSJ were curtailed by the non-cooperation of school officials in endorsing PTC meetings and the circulation of memos.

In the face of these adversities, the Parents Association and PTC continued on their vigilance with their resolve further strengthened rather than diminished. Having no recourse within the school, the PA resorted to external means such as a mass media campaign to inform as wide a sector about these problems and difficulties. The PTC also brought this matter to the attention of the highest office in the Philippines, the Office of the President.

In Mar. 1995,

The Congen was finally persuaded to organize a committee to screen nominations to a school governing board, while insisting that he will still appoint from among these nominees. The nomination process was carried out and a list of nominees from among parents and teachers were drawn up just before the school year ended.

Meanwhile, the efforts of the PTC to get the attention of Phil. officials in Malacañang, in DECS and in the DFA in MetroManila started paying off.

On Mar. 30, 1995, Education Secretary Ricardo Gloria visited us in Jeddah, and in a meeting with the PSJ PTC and PA representatives, announced the creation of an inter-agency committee composed of the Secretaries of the DECS, DFA and DOLE, to look into the affairs of Philippine schools abroad. Sec. Gloria further announced that the inter-agency committee approved the creation of a management committee elected from among parents and teachers specifically for the PSJ operation. During that same meeting, this group of parents had also indicated to Sec. Gloria our desire to achieve a quality of education that is comparable to outstanding schools in the Phil. such as the Phil. Science High School.

Thus, a vision was starting to germinate.

April-May 1995

In the summer of 1995, during the school break, all embassy schools in the Kingdom faced a crisis when the Saudi MOE declared all of these schools illegal and closed unless they secure a proper MOE license to operate.

With the urging of the PTC, through letters to Malacañang and DECS, and the intervention of embassy officials in Riyadh, the PSJ was allowed to reopen for SY 1995-1996.

In June 1995,

The school year 95-96 opened with parents having a high expectation of what they might be able to achieve with the recent empowerment granted to them by the inter-agency committee. They looked forward to finally electing their school board during the year and to embark on their program of quality education at an affordable cost.

Meanwhile in Riyadh, the designation of Attaché for Education was created by the Phil. Ambassador, to attend more closely to problems of all Philippine schools in the Kingdom. At about this time, the PTC had started communicating with Riyadh, urging the Embassy to facilitate holding the school board elections in PSJ.

In the period August-Sept. 1995

The election for a PSJ school board was finally set for Sep. 15, 1995. In preparation for this, the Congen appointed a Committee on Elections, while the Riyadh embassy came out with a guideline on the process of the election.

What followed was an intensive campaigning of the Parents Association to get its list of candidates elected into the school board.

The school board elections in Al-Khobar and Riyadh were successfully administered by the Phil. Embassy during this period. In Jeddah however, the Congen announced the resignation of his Comelec on the eve of the elections and thus aborted a process that could have paved the way for the much-needed reforms in the PSJ.

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