May 23, 2017

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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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“PUP admin insane in proposing a 1,600% tuition increase” – NUSP  

“16,000 pesos will definitley kill the PUP student’s dream of attaining tertiary education.” The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), under the administration of President Emanuel C. De Guzman, is once again attempting a tuition and other school fees increase and imposition. PUP plans to increase the upcoming senior high school students’ tuition and other school fees (OSF) to P16,000 for school year 2015-2016. This is an average of 1,600 percent tuition increase. This is not the first time that the PUP administration attempted to increase its tuition and OSF. Early last year, the PUP Central Student Council and the…

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Student groups to Aquino & CHED: Stop Killing the Students & Youth with Tuition and Other School Fees Increases

Students and youth groups under the banner of the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance stormed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) main office, as well as its regional offices, today, March 6, 2015, to call on the commission and BS Aquino III to “stop killing the students and youth” with their failure to regulate tuition and other school fees (OSF). The alliance denounced CHED and Aquino’s education policies that protect not the welfare of the students but the profiteering of school administrators. Students submitted a manifesto of unity which outlined the complaints of students against yearly tuition increases and dubious…

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Justice for Rosanna Sanfuego; Student Union seeks justice for victims of commercialized education

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expresses deep sympathy and calls for justice as the student union and its member-student councils condole with the grieving family of Cagayan State University (CSU) freshman student Rosanna Sanfuego. Rosanna reportedly took her own life due to the pressure of being unable to pay for the cost of CSU education. While the CSU administration boasts of a zero tuition in the university since 2009, it has been found that the cost of undergraduate tuition has been redistributed to miscellaneous or other school fees (OSF) ranging from P2,000 to P4,000. Interviews with…

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