from the corporate media
1:31pm UK, Tuesday March 02, 2010
A group of angry parents have burnt down their children's school in the Philippines after the pupils weren't given as much food as they had been promised.
Attack happened at Gaib Elemetary School in Masbate island province
Only charred walls remained at Gaib Elemetary School in Masbate island province after it was torched in the middle of the night.
Police chief Ed Benigay said: "It was done by some disgruntled parents who reportedly got mad at some teachers over perceived discrimination in the school's nourishment programme."
Nobody was injured in the arson attack, because the building was locked up for the night, but school records were destroyed.
The parents accused the school of not handing out enough rice, which had been pledged under a new Government scheme aimed at boosting school attendance.
Under the "Food for School" proposals, every student in certain impoverished areas is supposed to be given 1kg of rice every day.
The attack has left almost 150 students aged between five and 10 without a classroom.
Police say they intend to file charges soon.