February 28, 2015

Student union to CHED: Denial won’t make tuition hikes disappear

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is not only blind and ignorant of tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases. The commission is utterly inutile, negligent, irresponsible and worthless. It is no surprise that CHED denied last Monday, February 23, 2015, that around 400 higher education institutions (HEIs) intend to increase tuition and OSF. CHED may deny all it wants, but it won’t make tuition and OSF hikes disappear. CHED does not know anything. CHED is not doing its job. In fact, CHED should not wait until April 1, the deadline set for HEIs to apply for tuition and OSF…

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PH govt’s tuition deregulation robs students of education, future; Tuition averages at P80k per year; school fees illegally collected

Quezon City, Philippines – The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with other student and youth groups, hold a dance mobilization versus tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases to the tune of the hit song “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, in front of the Commision on Higher Education (CHED). Their version of the song likens school administrators, CHED and BS Aquino III to “hold uppers” and robbers for the high cost of Philippine education. This is among the weeklong activities that will culminate in a National Day of Walkout vs Tuition…

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Youth Walkout for Accountability and Justice; Calls for Aquino Resignation

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We, members of different organizations and institutions nationwide, enjoin every youth and student to walkout from our classes to seek justice for the victims of the botched United States-Aquino-instigated Mamasapano operation and to call for the immediate resignation of President Noynoy Aquino. We enjoin the Filipino people to collectively call for justice and accountability as we rise on February 27 from our universities and march to the Mendiola Peace Arch. Let us go out and express our indignation against a president that kowtows to US dictates and is inutile and insensitive to the outcry of the people. The Mamasapano clash,…

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#AyokoMagmahal tops PH trending topic over UST students’ outrage vs tuition & school fees increase

#AyokoMagmahal UST students ask their administration to have mercy and compassion; No to Tuition Increase!

University of Santo Tomas (UST) students trended in social media the hashtag #AyokoMagmahal to express outrage against the looming 5% to 7.9% tuition increase for academic year (AY) 2015-2016. #AyokoMagmahal became one of the PH trending topics in twitter yesterday. In his tweet, UST Central Student Council – Central Board Speaker Mr. Victor Villanueva said that “aside from 5-7.9% increase in ‘tuition’ UST admin proposes a 30% increase in library fees to more than 2k for most students.” UST students firmly believe that the UST administration does not need to increase tuition and other school fees (OSF) since it has…

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UE caloocan student leaders decry bogus admin consultation, harassment re: 5% tuition increase

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University of the East (UE) – Caloocan student leaders decried the February 17 bogus consultation sponsored by the UE administration headed by its president Dr. Ester Garcia regarding the proposed 5% increase in tuition and 5% increase in all other school fees (OSF) in the university for academic year 2015-2016. Each other school fee, such as energy fee and internet fee, among others, shall have a 5% increase. All the five student council presidents of UE Caloocan opposed the proposed tuition and OSF increases. Boycott the Bogus Consultation “It was hardly a consultation,” says Mr. Dominic Pinero, UE Caloocan College…

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400 Schools to Increase Tuition for academic year 2015-2016, NUSP Tuition Monitor Reveals

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Around 400 universities and colleges intend to increase tuition and other school fees for academic year (AY) 2015-2016. This, according to the data gathered by the Tuition Monitor Network of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of more than 650 student councils/governments and federations in the country. NUSP is alarmed by the yearly increases characterized as “inhumane, incessant and anti-student.” Tuition Increase Up To 13%; Other School Fees Increase Up to 20% According to NUSP’s latest tuition monitor data, the proposed increases in tuition range up to 13% while proposed other school…

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CHED admits schools are illegally increasing & collecting fees; Students expose CHED’s inutility & BS Aquino’s negligence

CHED crumbled under immense pressure from student leaders and members of the committee, forced to admit that schools are illegally collecting fees but failed to monitor and take appropriate action

Various university and college student leaders under the banner of the Rise for Education Alliance (R4E) and the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) exposed the inutility and negligence to regulate tuition of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) during the Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) forum on tuition and other school fees in the House of Representatives last February 16, 2015. After careful and immense exposition by student leaders, CHED admitted that indeed, colleges and universities illegally increased and collect tuition and other school fees. Moreover, CHED admitted that it had seriously failed to regulate…

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Student groups support legislative agenda for students and youth

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Student and youth groups under the banner of the Rise for Education Alliance support the legislative agenda of the Kabataan Partylist regarding the deregulation of education, tuition and other school fees, and student democratic rights.  The education alliance attended the public hearing of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) of the House of Representatives (HOR) to assert its position to have genuine legislative measures for students and youth. Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon filed house bills and house resolutions intended to safeguard the right of students and youth to education: HB 354: three-year tuition moratorium, HB 698: tuition…

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UP Diliman All Leaders Conference

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To all UP Diliman student councils, organizations and students, you are invited to attend the ALL LEADERS CONFERENCE this coming Wednesday, 18 February, 5PM at the Alcantara Hall. See NJGM Memo 2015-002 for further details: https://www.scribd.com/doc/255810259/NJGM-Memo-2015-002 For widest dissemination. See you all!

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Beyond truth and accountability: A call for resignation

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We, youth and students of the Philippines, join the call for President Benigno Aquino’s resignation, following the botched Mamasapano operation that led to the death of 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), five members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and seven civilians. As more details come to light, it is becoming more and more apparent that the operation was a calculated move masterminded by no less than the US government and greenlighted by President Aquino. No less than President Aquino himself admitted that the…

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