In an interview by GMA reporter Kara David aired in GMA-7’s news program 24 Oras this Tuesday, March 24, the school valedictorian said that she is not happy despite being declared the top student of their school. She added that she and Krisel Mallari were friends but the latter is a very competitive student.
“Hopefully, Krisel, you learn to accept that it (the valedictorian award) is not meant for you, please don’t destroy the reputation of the school because a lot of people will be affected.” The valedictorian told David. Diana, not real name, requested the news reporter not to reveal her face on camera during the interview.
“Our school has done nothing wrong, and it’s not true that my family paid them so I can be the valedictorian. We don’t have that huge amount of money to pay them.” Diana added, noting that she is very much willing to let the school re-compute her grades to show that no cheating has been made and to prove her innocence.
Meanwhile, Herminia Catud, the principal of SNPS, maintained the innocence of their school, and that no cheating of grades happened to both the valedictorian and the salutatorian. The school principal stressed out that the final grades of the students depend on the computation based on their individual grades.
On the other hand, Krisel Mallari denied the earlier statement of the school that the computation of her grades was shown to her and her family. She added that her family has no plans of filing a formal complaint or case against SNPS, noting that all she wanted is that the school should be fair to all students.
In line with this controversy, Department of Education (DepEd) Assitant Secretary Toni Umali said a thorough investigation shall be made as soon as possible, and that we will be coordinating with the school administration and the families of the concerned students.