May 28, 2017

NUSP to CHED Chair Licuanan: “With all due respect, don’t wait for 2018; step down from your post now.”

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) stands firm on its call for the resignation of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan for persistently being ‘anti-student and pro-capitalist’ with all of her pronouncements and all of the policies being implemented by the said agency.

“Patricia Licuanan is nothing but a manifestation of how those who are in power keep on protecting and forwarding the neoliberal interests of the capitalists on the people’s right to social services. During her term, she supported tuition and other school fess increases laid down by capitalist-educators, told students not to pursue college and to just finish technical-vocational courses to satisfy the global demands for cheap labor, and violated students’ rights and welfare. We are advising her to stop whatever she is doing at CHED and to resign now as its chairperson,” Kevin Castro, NUSP spokerspeson, said in response to questions on what his reactions are on the exclusion of Licuanan from President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet meetings.

Under her term as CHED Chair during the Aquino administration, the Filipino youth has been struggling to make ends meet. Budget cuts on the state subsidy on education had forced students to drop-out, increasing the number of out-of-school youth in the country. The education agency, being a stamp pad of tuition and other school fees increase, has stretched students to their limits and have murdered the likes of Kristel Tejada, Rosanna Sanfuego, and Jhomary Azaula, among others. On 2016 alone, 304 private higher education institutions hiked their tuition and other school fees.

“CHED’s irresponsibility on the plight of the students is absolutely appalling. Education has become a privilege rather than a right. Licuanan is a political and economic bigot for not ensuring the agency’s mandate to provide and achieve quality, free tertiary education. She, herself, failed to implement the constitutional right of every Filipino to free education at all levels. The Filipino youth demand that she resigns from her post immediately to at least show some kind of delicadeza to the Filipino people,” Castro ended.#

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