August 14, 2017

GMA’s egoistic Independence Day parade underscores lack of budget for education

The National Union of Students of the Philippines held a protest to reprove President Arroyo’s P10 million legacy parade despite poor state spending on the deepening crisis on education. “It’s a foolish splurge for Mrs. Arroyo’s Independence Day caprices considering that there are massive shortages of school essentials, like classrooms, teachers, textbooks, et al. If there is one thing the government ought to fund, it’s our deteriorating education. To expend people’s money for a parade of lies is intolerable. ” said Bugsy Nolasco, NUSP Executive Vice President. “Under Arroyo’s administration, state abandonment on education reached its peak. Currently, the government…

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NUSP, Kabataan launch “Balik-eskwela” hotline, pressure CHED to pass tuition hike freeze

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Kabataan Partylist today launched “Balik-eskwela” hotline to gather complaints from parents and students regarding school violations on tuition and other fees consultation. According to earlier statements from CHED, the 339 schools it has approved to increase may be sliced down should CHED be able to determine the schools which did not consult with parents and students. Einstein Recedes, NUSP national president, took CHED to task for “its apparent softness towards the schools it approved when most did not in fact do any form of democratic consultation. As early as…

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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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