March 26, 2017

Students to CHED and Aquino: Listen to our demands, stop tuition hikes!

Students trooped CHED May 25 to oppose tuition hikes to be approved by the Commission as the month of May ends.

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Youth groups led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) stormed the Commission on Higher Education May 25 to oppose tuition and other school fees increase and demand a freeze moratorium to the pending tuition hikes of various universities and colleges for the academic year 2016-2017. “The Union is firm in upholding that education, at all levels, is a basic human right. Any hike in any university or college’s tuition and other fees is a direct manifestation that tertiary education serves as a lucrative business utilized by capitalist-educators to gain profit from the students themselves,” said Kevin…

SONAngaling!: Student Union Scores Aquino’s SONA 2015 on Education

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) counters BS Aquino III’s claims on education in hist sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) and calls it “SONAngaling!” or “A SONA of Lies.” While Aquino boasts of his sugarcoated victories in the field of education, the real state of Philippine education is revealed by NUSP’s numerous researches and grassroots work summarized in the series touted as State of the Youth Address (SOYA). “The figures cannot be denied by the magician and crook by the name of Benigno: we have an annual college dropout of 2.3 million and…

Education crisis worsen in Aquino’s five years in office

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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…

Where has the public character of UP gone?

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It is crytal clear how the UP administration under the leadership of President Alfredo Pascual has intensified the commercialized orientation of the UP education system. With a stratospheric base tuition of P1,500 per unit, UP has lost its public character as a state university. In a television interview, Pascual said that there are mechanisms and policies for low-income students to cope with the high cost of UP education. One supposed augmenting mechanism is the student assistant (SA) program, where students are given hours of workload compensated by low salary or allowance and no other benefits. One other policy is securing…

PUP students successfully junk exorbitant fees such as P1,200 memorabilia fee and P500 Alumni Fee (RCBC Card)

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Students led by the Office of the Student Regent (OSR) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), together with student councils, mass organizations and the Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA), triumphed over exorbitant and dubious fees being collected by the PUP administration. In particular, the students were able to successfully junk the P1,200 memorabilia fee and the P500-worth Alumni Fee / RCBC card that contains only P10. The memorabilia and alumni fees were unjustly collected as requisites for clearance for graduation. In addition, the PUP administration, despite the yearly collection of the memorabilia fee, has not released…

More than 130 student councils, pubs, orgs vow to stop tuition deregulation, school fees hikes

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As of today, more than 130 student councils / governments, publications, organizations and other youth and student formations in the country, and still counting, have signed the manifesto against tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases and BS Aquino III’s education deregulation. Spearheaded by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance, the manifesto continues to unite students across the country to fight for their right to education and against the high cost of education. “We urge the Aquino administration and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to implement a tuition moratorium,…

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

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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)…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Blacklisting Student Leaders: Martial Law in Philippine Congress  

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) lambasts the memorandum issued by the House of Representative’s (HOR) Legislative Security Bureau (LSB) Director Isabelito Flores, prohibiting progressive youth and sectoral leaders from entering the Batasan Pambansa Complex. NUSP’s National President, Sarah Elago, Vice President for Luzon, John Clifford Sibayan, and Cagayan Valley Vice Chairperson, Femie Galapon, are among the student leaders blacklisted by the LSB and are banned from entering the HOR. This comes as a surprise since blacklisting student leaders, although known to be both formally and informally imposed by school authorities, has direct reminiscence of the politics…