May 23, 2017

UPLB Students, Bogus Independence and State Fascism

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with other organizations and student councils of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) , condemn the state fascism of the Aquino regime for the arrest of 13 activists, including three UPLB students, namely, Carlo Alberto, Romina Marcaida, and Chachi Cañeso, during the Independence Day protest in Kawit City, Cavite.  Wrongly accused of illegal assembly, the students and activists have been unduly prevented by the government from practicing their constitutional right to organize and assembly. This proves that the country celebrates false independence as the State itself fails to…

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End Dependence Day: Defend Philippine Sovereignty! Hands-Off China and US!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of student councils / governments / federations in the country, is one with the Filipino people in asserting for genuine independence and in defending Philippine sovereignty this 117th year of “bogus” independence. We go out to the streets today, June 12, 2015, not to celebrate this “nominal independence day,” but to protest the Chinese government’s blatant disregard and disrespect of Philippine sovereignty and to protest the continued adherence of the Philippine government to the imperialist dictates of the United States (US) government. It is our duty…

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First Day Fight! youth and students, unite against commercialization of education!

The education crisis intensifies under the Aquino administration. As students continue to fall victim to repressive anti-student policies, the Filipino youth is further alienated from their inherent right to education. For one, tuition deregulation breeds the commercialized nature of education, where continuous, annual and exorbitant tuition and other school fees become a perennial woe to the toiling Filipino masses. At present, there are 313 higher education institutions (HEIs) approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to increase tuition and other school fees for the incoming academic year. In Bicol region alone, out of the 23 HEIs who signified intent…

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Students Hold #FirstDayFight vs Tuition, OSF Increases, K to 12  

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with Rise for Education Alliance and other youth and student groups, launched today, June 1, 2015 the campaign “First Day Fight.” Critical of the intensified commercialization and privatization of education, #FirstDayFight divulges the ill effects of tuition and other school fees increases and the K to 12 program as seen on the first day of the academic year (AY) 2015-2016. #FirstDayFight sees an outright bastardization of the whole of Philippine education. NUSP’s resounding call to stop and junk the K to 12 program is just, humane and imperative. Imagine where…

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Tragedy of Errors or Manipulation? CHED’s erroneous average increases maliciously lowers tuition & OSF hikes impacts

The student union condemns in the highest possible degree the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) mediocrity, lack of credibility, irresponsibility, gross neglect of duty, and possible manipulation of data regarding the tuition and other school fee hikes. Upon careful scrutiny, the National Union of Students of the Philippines’ (NUSP) Tuition Monitor revealed that CHED released erroneous and discrepant figures for the AY 2015-2016 national average tuition increase (P29.86) and for the national average OSF increase (P135.60). CHED even went as far as saying that the average increases this upcoming year are lower than last AY 2014-2015’s average tuition increase (P35.66)…

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NUSP: Aquino and CHED are slaves to the whilms of private schools

The National Union of Student of the Philippines Baguio-Benguet condemn the approval of tuition and other school fee increase proposals of 10 Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in region of for the incoming school year 2015-2016 despite of numerous complaints filed by the students. Last March, youth organizations led by NUSP and the Rise for Education Alliance filed complaints against these schools who propose to increase fees. The complaint documents concrete experiences of students regarding their dilapidated facilities and inefficient delivery of school services despite yearly increases and millions of profit that their schools collect each year. The Commission on Higher…

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Around 350,000 college students to shoulder tuition and OSF hikes of 51 PHEIs in NCR; CHED’s average tuition & OSF increases either erroneous or manipulated

Around 350,000 college students will be affected by the tuition and other school fees (TOSF) increases of 51 private higher education institutions (PHEIs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) alone as approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for AY 2015-2016. While CHED boasts that the average TOSF increases for AY 2015-2016 were slightly lower than last year, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) discovered that CHED either committed gross neglect of duty or manipulated the data to yield lower average tuition and other school fees increases. CHED released last May 18, 2015 the “Approved List…

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Manifesto of Unity Against Tuition and Other School Fees Increase!

We, students, youth leaders, and campus journalists from public and private schools all over the country, who believe that we must continuously assert for our right to quality and accessible education stand strong against the commercialization of education. The prevalence of tuition and other school fees, together with their exorbitant yet unnecessary increase regularly, further ignites our unity. For so long, we have been victims of various schemes of tuition and other fees increase (TOFI). Aside from high tuition, school administrations now charge a multitude of redundant, exorbitant, and irrelevant bills concealed under the broadness of ‘miscellaneous fees.’ In fact,…

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Justice for Jhoemary Azaula! End Aquino’s Murderous Commercialization Even of Public Education! Junk RPHER!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expresses the deepest and sincerest of condolences and strongly calls for justice for the unwarranted death of Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) Computer Science graduating student Jhoemary Azaula. Last May 18, 2015 in Polillo, Quezon, Azaula reportedly took his own life due to the sad and enraging reality that he had to stop going to school because his family cannot further afford the cost even of public or state-run education. Azaula’s case is no different from the cases of University of the Philippines Manila’s Kristel Tejada and Cagayan…

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P8,000 to P16,000 average tuition increase in basic and secondary level

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Rise for Education Alliance denounce the Department of Education’s (DepEd) approval of 1,246 out of 1,556 tuition increase applications of private schools for academic year 2015-2016. The inhumane tuition hikes averaging 7.87% across regions come as a double burden to the already high cost of education brought about by the K to 12 program. The new average tuition increase roughly translates to an additional cost range of P8,000 to P16,000. This range does not yet include expenses for books, other miscellaneous fees, school supplies, transportation and food expenses, communications…

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