March 28, 2015

La Salle Araneta students troop to CHED; Call for the stoppage of acad calendar shift, trimester scheme and impending tuition increase

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Students led by the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in De La Salle Araneta University (STAND DLSAU) and the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) filed a petition at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) today, March 26, 2015, in strong opposition to the academic calendar shift, trimester scheme and impending tuition increase. All three schemes lack genuine student consultation and are being railroaded by the DLSAU administration. The petition, with more than 700 names and signatures of DLSAU students affixed, strongly opposed the impositions of the three ill-conceived schemes or measures by the DLSAU…

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There is nothing academic in the academic calendar shift: CHED, Aquino push schools to produce cheap, docile labor

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) is deeply alarmed at the growing number of universities and colleges that intend to shift their academic calendars without genuine student and multi-sectoral consultations and concrete curricular and administrative plans and adjustments. NUSP lambasts how the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the BS Aquino III administration, consciously and irresponsibly allowing these calendar changes, consign the Philippine educational system to the annals of global slavery.  “There is nothing academic in the academic calendar shift. It is a privatization and commercialization of Philippine education. In fact, it is not merely a change…

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Against the Current: On Censoring Krisel Mallari

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) salutes Krisel Mallari, the 2015 high school salutatorian of Sto. Nino Parochial School (SNPS) who, in the middle of her “uncensored” graduation speech, was stopped by her adviser, director and principal. Krisel was talking about the lack of justice in her school, how she was victimized by the school’s dirty politics in relation to honors and awards. She was also thanking her family, teachers and friends who supported her in her fight. While the SNPS administration villifies Krisel’s speech as unfit for the occasion and unapproved by the school, NUSP strongly…

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NUSP Supports Burma Students vs Repressive Educ Law; Denounces State Violence

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Statement of Support from the National Union of Students of the Philippines to the Action Committee for Democratic Education (ACDE) in their Fight Against Burma’s National Education Law of 2014 The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) strongly supports the Action Committee for Democratic Education’s (ACDE) fight against the undemocratic National Education Law of 2014 in Burma. The National Education Law of 2014 does not recognize student unions as legal entities, does not follow United Nation’s recommendation standard for budget allocation, as does not allow students to partake in political activities. Such a law clearly steps on the democratic rights…

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La Salle Students, Youth Groups Hold Candle Lighting for Justice For Kristel, Rosanna and Mamasapano

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“Justice for Kristel Tejada, Rosanna Sanfuego and all victims of commercialized education! Justice for all the victims of the Mamasapano operation!” Students and student leaders of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila campus, together with other student and youth organizations, held a candle lighting, March 16, 2015, calling for justice, education for all, and truth and accountability. Student groups converged to commemorate and call for justice for the death of Kristel Tejada, a student of the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila who took her own life due to her inability to pay the high cost of UP education….

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UP Students Hold ‘Blackout’ Action for Justice, for Kristel, Rosanna, Education

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Quezon City – University of the Philippines (UP) students and youth groups hold a Blackout Protest for education justice Student and youth groups call for justice for the death of Cagayan State University student Rosanna Sanfuego and also for the commemoration of the death of Kristel Tejada. “Rosanna and Kristel’s deaths are manifestations of the commercialized orientation of education in the country. Students are deprived of their right to quality and accessible education. It is both saddening and enraging that Philippine education comes with a price tag and that it has become a commodity,” says Neil Macuha, UP Student Regent….

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Katipunan Schools & Community Hold Ecumenical Prayer, Candle Lighting for Justice for Mamasapano

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Quezon City – The Katipunan Community staged a blackout protest calling for truth, accountability and justice after the recent Mamasapano operations and the continued commercialization of education in the Philippines. Dubbed as Katipunan para sa Katotohanan, Katarungan at Kapayapaan, more than 300 students, faculty, and community members from the Katipunan schools (Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippine School of Business and Administration) and nearby communities held an ecumenical service, candle-lighting and human chain activity at Miriam College Gate 1. “We are doing this not only for justice, but also for truth and accountability. We…

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UST Students Hold Unity Walk, Roar Against School Fee Hikes

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Manila – University of Santo Tomas (UST) students and student leaders held a Unity Walk to express their outrage against the looming 5% to 7.9% tuition increase for academic year (AY) 2015-2016. “It seems the UST administration has not learned from Pope Francis’ words and actions. By imposing a new round of tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases, UST is far from showing mercy and compassion! The fact that the university accumulated more than 6.4 billion in net assets from the previous year, it is unnecessary to impose any school fee hike. Increasing tuition and OSF in UST is…

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PUP admin told on 1,600% tuition & school fees hikes: Do not pass the burden of K to 12 and inadequate budget to the students

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Students denounced Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) President Emmanuel De Guzman’s denial of a 1,600% tuition and other fees hikes in PUP as “lying between his teeth.” The students also reiterated their opposition to the K to 12 Program as it is the main reason, apart from the low budgetary allocation by the government, for the tuition and other school fees increases in PUP’s senior high school (SHS) program. A breakdown of the proposed tuition and other fees for the SHS program of PUP showed that an incoming SHS student will be paying a total of P16,000: tuition fee…

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Firm in our Objection: No to the Proposed UST Tuition Increase

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The Central Student Council – Central Board reaffirms our objection to ANY proposed increase in tuition fees. This objection was clearly manifested by the student council presidents during the tuition consultation meeting last February 20, in the presence of several University administration officials and other stakeholders. We, however, manifest our regret and frustration over the fact that the tuition consultation meeting was a mere formality for the University administration to comply with government regulation that was obviously crafted to favor school owners. CHED Memo 3-2012 does not require school owners to get the consent of the students nor parents. All it…

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