First, I advocate for what ever proposal that will boost the condition and welfare of the teachers. That should be well understood.
But I’d like to point out that the argument about chalks, bullets, teachers and police officers is like comparing apples and oranges.
I don’t know about the plight of the teachers, so I can’t comment on that.
However, for the police officers, I have something to share. At the very least, every police officers will be issued with gun/s.
The issued gun will be accompanied with a “basic load” or a predetermined number of ammunition.
If the police officer is lucky enough, he/she won’t have to use these bullets.
But usually, each individual would practice once in a while, and that is to maintain handgun proficiency.
While there are annual proficiency schedules, I personally do it once in a while. Para di kalawangin, so to say.
And WE BUY OUR OWN PRACTICE BULLETS if we do it (practice) on our own.
Anyhow, bullets and chalks are not the same, whichever angle you would view it.
Aside from the fact that the former has the potential to end a life, the latter can potentially and significantly improve one’s life, bullets are very expensive as well.
A handgun bullet, depending on the type and the make of the gun will range from 12 to 40 pesos EACH!
As a matter of fact, teachers have their chalk allowance while police officer don’t have “bullet allowance!”
Again, I hope reforms will be instituted on the current educational system of the country, especially with regards to the welfare of our so-called “second parents”.
But by calling for these much needed reforms, don’t compare it to another group of government workers who themselves need further reforms.
This is a reply to the article that appeared on Inquirer.net.