Education crisis worsen in Aquino’s five years in office
Insensitive, unapologetic, anti-student and anti-people. This is how the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) describes the Aquino administration for abandoning it’s responsibility in providing quality and accessible education to the Filipino students and youth.
“Education is a public good, but ironically under this regime, it has become a private good because of the commercialization schemes and policies of Aquino such as tuition and school fees deregulation and the Roadmap to Public Higher Education Reforms (RPHER),” says Sarah Elago, NUSP National President.
In Aquino’s five years in office, there is no action to stop the perennial tuition deregulation in the country. In fact, Aquino has not only tolerated private school owners and state universities and colleges (SUC) to accumulate more profits via exorbitant, redundant and dubious fees. Rather, Aquino has made it his state policy to increase tuition and other school fees.
In the data of the NUSP, there is already an almost 10% increase every year in tuition and other school fees, and an average of 200,000 pesos is needed to cover the cost of a year of education in tertiary level.
The 2.3 million dropouts in the tertiary level and the almost 15 million out of school youth are latent evidence of the negligence of Aquino.
The student union also declares Aquino and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as butchers of the students’ future. For the president and the commission undeniably push the Filipino students and youth to the limits of desperation and depression by stealing away their right to education. The Filipino students will never forget the cases of Kristel Tejada of the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, Rosanna Sanfuego of Cagayan State University (CSU), and Jhoemary Azaula of Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST).
“As if adding insult to injury, CHED makes fools out the students via its band aid solutions and limited programs such as scholarship programs and student loans. This will not resolve the perennial problem of Philippine education. It gives false hope to the Filipino youth. This is modern-day slavery in the education sector!” Elago emphasizes.
This last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Aquino is the dead end of his crooked road and crooked administration. For a president that stolen education from his people and a president that has pushed students to the edge is not a president but a cold-blooded thief and murderer.