April 23, 2017

Keep Lumad children in school! END military attacks on schools!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of student councils / governments / federations in the country, asserts the right of every Filipino, especially the indigenous and the Lumad children, to quality, free and violence-free and military-free education. Schools are not military camps! Let us support the 2,896 Lumad children’s and their teachers’ and parents‘ fight against military intrusion, camping and attacks on their schools. We hold accountable the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Aquino government for allowing the military to camp in and for endorsing the closure of atleast 24 schools…

Manifesto of Unity Against Tuition and Other School Fees Increase!

We, students, youth leaders, and campus journalists from public and private schools all over the country, who believe that we must continuously assert for our right to quality and accessible education stand strong against the commercialization of education. The prevalence of tuition and other school fees, together with their exorbitant yet unnecessary increase regularly, further ignites our unity. For so long, we have been victims of various schemes of tuition and other fees increase (TOFI). Aside from high tuition, school administrations now charge a multitude of redundant, exorbitant, and irrelevant bills concealed under the broadness of ‘miscellaneous fees.’ In fact,…

CHED not strict; is pro-tuition increase

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is far from telling the truth regarding tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases for academic year 2015-2016. CHED said that it strict in implementing its guidelines and regulations on tuition and OSF increases, but the monitoring results of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) belie all of this. CHED claims that it is strict and that because of its stance, a fewer number of colleges and universities applied for tuition increase. But the truth of the matter is this: CHED has perennially failed to monitor tuition increase from bogus consultations…

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…

Education Alliance hits CHED; calls for junking of school fees

Tuition and miscellaneous school fee hikes are implemented despite the Rise for Education alliance’s complaints and campaigns opposing school fee increases. The Rise for Education alliance has recorded and filed complaints against schools for bogus consultations and doubtful reasons for increases. “We have dutifully complied with all the necessary reports to assert to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that there are, indeed, questionable and wrong processes being used to railroad school fee increases,” says Sarah Elago, Convenor, Rise for Education Alliance. Elago avers, “But beyond citing guideline technicalities not followed by school administrators, we have also forwarded our recommendations…

Aquino, DAP and the History of Corrupt Practice Must End!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of more than 650 student councils/governments/federation in the country, slams Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary, Florencio Butch Abad for concocting a litany of lies to save his and Aquino’s faces. Abad has only proven one thing: that he is the right hand man of a crooked man. The Senate Hearing on the issue of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) showcased a largely political maneuvering by the Abad and Aquino clique. It was nothing more but a publicity stint by Malacanang to justify the illegal DAP….

More Fund in Corruption, Less in Education; Hold Aquino Accountable in Pork Barrel Scam Cover-up

Justice regarding the pork barrel scam is long overdue and yet we’ve only been pestered with lies, cover-ups and deception by the Aquino government. The Aquino regime is spending the Filipino peoples’ millions of pesos in every hearing yet all we get are scripted concealments and half-baked statements. Trillions of pesos are pocketed by these greedy politicians or bureaucrat capitalists, using their positions of political power to amass wealth via corrupt practices. While on the other side of the fence, there are 15 million out-of-school Filipino youths who could be sent to school if the public’s money is not siphoned…

Student and youth groups padlock CHED; Call to rescind all approved and pending tuition hikes

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Rise for Education Alliance have had enough of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) and the Aquino government’s systematized abandonment of its responsibility to education. The yearly increase in tuition and school fees, the perennial budget cuts to state education, the increasing number of dropouts and out-of-school youths, and the intensifying violation of student rights are mere manifestations of the systemic problem of Philippine education worsened by CHED and Aquino. Padlock the Paper Tiger Students and youth trooped CHED today, May 29, 2014, to literally and figuratively “padlock” the…

CHED’s scholarships and student loans not enough to send back 1.5 million dropouts, not solution to rising cost of tuition

“Scholarships and student loans are not the solution to the high cost of Philippine education. In fact, scholarships and loans promote tuition increase and budget cuts on education. These will not bring to school the 1.5 million dropouts and 15 million out-of-school youth. The Filipino students do not need scholarships and loans. What the students and youth need are free and quality education, moratorium on tuition and school fees increases, greater state subsidy to education, and an end to the commercialized, colonial and fascist orientation of Philippine education.” This according to the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP)…

A week to go and no action from CHED: Students to storm CHED offices on May 29 National Day of Action vs. Tuition Increase

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with other youth groups, will storm the offices of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) all over the country on May 29, 2014, the “National Day of Action against Tuition Fee Increase.” Barely a week into the new school year and enrolment season, CHED still has not released any decision regarding tuition-related complaints filed months ago by students under the leadership of NUSP. Students denounce CHED and the Aquino government’s inaction as regards the students’ clamor against tuition increases and exorbitant, redundant and dubious fees imposition. NUSP encourages all students…