March 28, 2017

Students stage protest vs. K-12, DepEd approval of tuition increase


The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with the Rise for Education Alliance and other youth and student groups, intensify their campaign against commercialization and privatization of education on June 13, 2016, the first day of classes for senior high school students. The Aquino government, through its education agency, continues its forthright bastardization of the Philippine educational system. It is an open secret that both public and private secondary institutions in the country are not totally ready for the implementation of the K-12 program. “It has already been proven, as mentioned in news reports, that the K-12…

CHED Chair scored for discouraging students to go to college; Students liken Licuanan to labor exploiter & dictator “Lola Nidora”


The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) scored the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for downplaying the right to college education of every Filipino. No less than CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan herself listlessly said: “We don’t think that every student really should go to college.” As if that remark was not enough, Licuanan furthered her inuendo: “(B)ut in our culture, we have that notion that everyone should get a college diploma. I don’t think that’s necessary.” CHED, Licuanan: Appendages of Aquino’s Neoliberal Education Policies NUSP believes that what CHED Chair Licuanan said is “not necessary,” is way out…

UP students protest dorm failure and lack of subjects due to admin neglect, K-12


Dorm System Failure UP students led by the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP), Office of the Student Regent and other mass organizations protest the failure and neglect of the UP administration in providing accessible student housing to more than 300 students / dorm applicants. STAND UP Chairperson Mench Tilendo said that “It is enraging that the University of the Philippines administration forces students to take semi-private dormitories amounting to 3,000 pesos per head. Some cases of appeals are that of students from impoverished families, belonging to Brackets D and E.” While UP Diliman…

Sto. Nino Parochial School Urged: Stop Harassing Krissel Mallari, Release Certificate of Good Moral Character


The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) decries the continuing harassment and repression by the Sto. Nino Parochial School (SNPS) to its batch salutatorian, Krisel Mallari. Mallari is unable to process her college enrollment in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) because the SNPS is withholding her certificate of good moral character for Krissel’s exposition of the said high school’s politics related to honors and awards. Krisel cried injustice during her graduation speech, which was then censored by SNPS officials. The Court of Appeals has already released a temporary restraining order that allows Mallari to get her certificate….

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


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


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…

PUP students decry campus militarization in the guise of disaster preparedness


The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the Office of the Student Regent (OSR) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Sentral na Konseho ng Mag-aaral (SKM), Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA) and other youth groups highly condemn the presence of military elements inside the PUP campus. Under the guise of a disaster preparedness forum, the government is intensifying the militarization of PUP in an attempt to undermine the strong progressive activism in PUP. Student groups strongly assert that the PUP administration should not allow nor tolerate any military-instigated activities and should uphold PUP’s academic…

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)


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,…