May 23, 2017

Student groups set to stop tuition hike, demand CHED to impose moratorium

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Kabataan Partylist vowed to “stop the current wave of tuition and other fee increases nationwide.” The youth groups also warned CHED of militant mass demonstrations should the latter fail to heed the call of parents and students for a tuition hike moratorium. According to Vanessa Faye Bolibol, NUSP secretary general, CHED has not responded to the urgent demand of parents and students to freeze the “soaring increase” of tuition and other fees. “Our seething frustration towards CHED is primarily due to the fact that for nine years under the…

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High school students and parents demand refund of grad fees

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and Kabataan Party-list led high school students and their parents in a picket in front of the Department of Education today to demand a refund of all illegally collected graduation fees. “With graduation in elementary and secondary schools already underway, parents were forced to pay illegal graduation fees. The amount illegally collected should be immediately refunded to the parents since the order of DepEd was very clear, no graduation fees or any fees for that matter shall be collected.” NUSP President Einstein Recedes said. He challenged DepEd Secretary Valisno to immediately…

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Students, youth groups expose school violations of CHED order; CHED slammed as inept

Christian Rosler Esturco, a 3rd year AB Legal Studies student from Lyceum University, is one among the many students nationwide barred from taking their exams due to pending arrears. He received failing marks in his subjects last year after his school denied him from taking the finals without a fully paid tuition. The case, he says, is the same this year. Based on reports from students and parents received by the Kabataan Partylist and the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), Lyceum University belongs to some 54 schools nationwide which still violate the anti-no-permit no-exam policy lobbied by…

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Students slam CHED, challenge presidentiables on education issue

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Kabataan Partylist filed a complaint letter today to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairman Emmanuel Angeles regarding tuition and other fee increases (TOFI) in colleges and universities nationwide. According to Einstein Recedes, NUSP national president, the letter aims to inform CHED of the various cases of TOFI in schools which would “hopefully make CHED realize the urgency and necessity of passing a tuition hike moratorium.” “Our seething frustration towards CHED is primarily due to CHED’s lack of concern in at least regulating tuition and other fee increases. Many…

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Almost 95 schools violate ‘no graduation fee policy’; Youth groups demands DepEd for Refund

Students led by the Kabataan Partylist ang the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) trooped to the Department of Education- Main office to demand DepEd to release a memo calling all the schools that have violated the “no graduation fee policy” to refund the fees paid by the students and parents. Babaylan Garduce, NUSP- Highschool Chairperson, said that they have received hundreds of complaints from students and parents since they launched the complaint hotline weeks ago. Based on the Kabataan Partylist Hotline partial count, at least 95 schools are still collecting fees for graduation. Some have even reported…

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61 colleges in Luzon, Visayas to increase tuition up to 20% Near 2000% hike in PUP

National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) together with Kabataan Partylist stormed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) main office today to protest against the alarming series of proposed tuition and other fees in different schools nationwide. Initial reports gathered by the NUSP and Kabataan Partylist show that 61 colleges in Luzon and Visayas will undergo unreasonable tuition increases of up to as much as 20 percent. They have yet to collate increases in Mindanao schools. In Bicol, 14 schools will raise their tuition by an average of 15 percent. In the NCR, the Philippine School for Business Administration…

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CHED, pass tuition moratorium or stop existing – NUSP

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with Kabataan Partylist and students from different public and private schools, stormed CHED to protest against the wave of tuition and other fee increase for the next academic year. “We have attended tuition consultations and gathered data on tuition and other fee increases for the next academic year. Our findings confirm that education in our country is increasingly becoming inaccessible for the majority of the people. The rapid accession of tuition and other fees is staggering,” said Einstein Recede, national president of NUSP According to Recedes, the tuition has increased…

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Calls for tuition moratorium intensify, CHED “toothless”

Calls for tuition moratorium intensify, CHED “toothless” The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with Kabataan Partylist and students from different public and private schools, gear up for protests against tuition and other fee increases. “We, the students, have no choice but to defend our right to education. It is becoming very difficult for many of us to go to school because of the rapid increase of tuition and other fees,” said Einstein Recedes, national president of the NUSP. The NUSP, with the Kabataan Partylist, has been meeting with students who report tuition schemes and unjust fee…

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Students march to CHED, demand tuition moratorium, list of schools with ‘tofi’

“Let’s win this.” That was how NUSP national president Einstein Recedes signaled today the start of the student march to CHED office in UP Diliman campus. NUSP, Kabataan and other youth organizations were joined by students bent on making CHED pass a tuition hike moratorium. They also demanded for the commission to release the list of schools with tuition and other fee increases (TOFI). According to Recedes, “Our action in front of CHED today marks the series of militant actions the youth are determined to do in order to make CHED come to its senses and pass a tuition hike…

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NUSP hits CHED’s failure to regulate tuition hikes

More than a week before the deadline set by the Commission on Higher Education for the school owners to submit their proposal to increase tuition, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) today chided the CHED for its lack of political will to stand up to private school owners and regulate unabated tuition hikes. “The CHED, for the longest time, has been toothless in regulating tuition hikes despite numerous complaints and protests from students and parent. It has practically been reduced to a mere monitoring agency and a rubber stamp for tuition increase applications of influential private school…

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