August 21, 2017

Student union welcomes passage of free higher education bill

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) welcomes, with reservations and vigilance, the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Bill as President Duterte signed it into law today.

“This is a tactical victory in Filipino youth and the general public’s fight for free education. However, we still denounce those contentious provisions that we have pointed out in the past,” said NUSP National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim.

“NUSP calls to scrap the preferential guarantee for private higher education institutions. This is guaranteed profit to private universities as a way to appease private interests, a student loan program was included in the bill to somewhat ‘cover’ for their losses brought about by decreased enrollment,” said Lim.

“We will not stand idle with the passage of this law. We should be vigilant as Duterte’s economic managers could reverse this victory by issuing a flawed implementing rules and regulations (IRR). We are calling for the immediate implementation of no tuition and other school fees (OSF) collection policy,” said Lim.

“Our fight for free education for all continues as tuition and other school fees collection, profiteering schemes, and neoliberal policies on education remain in full force. Students and youth nationwide will mount sustained protests, particularly on August 31 (Thursday), to assert our fundamental right to free education,” concluded Lim.

Mark Vincent D. Lim
NUSP National Spokesperson
(+63) 917 565 4963

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