March 26, 2017

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

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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…

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…

`New socialized tuition scheme in UP nail tuition at P,1500 per unit; Students slam Aquino’s RPHER, budget cuts

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) intensifies its call to abolish the new socialized tuition scheme or STS in the University of the Philippines (UP) System. The “reformed” tuition scheme aggravates the dire conditions of UP students as tuition has been automatically hiked to P1,500 per unit. Students launched and trended worldwide on Twitter #BracketAKaNa as a sarcastic remark on the absurd STS bracket identification and assignment. Together with the Office of the Student Regent (OSR) and the Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP (KASAMA SA UP), NUSP has consistently slammed STS, and its former name…

HAPPY DEPENDENCE DAY: On Bogus Independence, US dominance and PH educ

Today, we are commemorating the 116th year of dependence of the Philippine government to the imperialist hegemony of the United States of America (USA) – all in the service and interest of foreign domination in the spheres of politics, economics and culture in the country. We “acknowledge” the Noynoy Aquino government for being at the forefront of US hegemony – of neoliberal policies dictated by the US such as budget slash in education and the consequent push for public-private partnerships, the imperious, highly neoliberal and neocolonial K to 12 and Roadmap to Public Higher Education Reforms (RPHER), higher budget allocation…

Student and youth groups hold Aquino accountable for tuition hikes, budget cuts

Students and youth led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) gathered in Mendiola today, March 14, 2014, to register their dissent against BS Aquino III’s “tuition hike and budget cut policies.” Ms. Sarah Elago, NUSP National President, said that “the Aquino administration’s education policies divorce education from the students. Instead of putting a halt to tuition and other school fees increases, especially in private schools and universities, the Aquino administration allows these school administrators and owners to raise tuition according to their profit-oriented whims and desires. This can be attributed to the continuous deregulation of tuition….

Students “Rise” and Unite for the Right to Education

Students from various private and state-run universities and colleges gather today, February 6, 2014, to launch the RISE FOR EDUCATION ALLIANCE at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. The said alliance is formed to reiterate the demand for quality and accessible education for all Filipino students, as mandated by the Philippine Constitution. Rise Up is composed of student councils, governments, publications and organizations united in the call for the right to education. “We would like to underscore that Philippine education remains to be one of the most inaccessible in the world, with stratospheric tuition and other schools fees. With the…

To Go Against the Neoliberal Flow: On UP, EARIST and the Moribund Character of State Education

There are two state universities, among the many agonizing ones, that saw this week a clear-cut manifestation of the worsening, and yes, moribund, crisis of the Philippine tertiary education system. Amidst increasing budget cuts and state abandonment, there is an increasing commercialization and neoliberalization of state universities such as the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute for Science and Technology (EARIST). The Board of Regents of UP, led by CHED Chairperson Licuanan, UP President Pascual and Regent Albarracin, without a quorum (only five out of 11 were present), ignored the motion of Faculty Regent Lourdes…

The Real State of the Nation’s Students and Youth: Three years of budget cuts, tuition increases, anti-student policies

This is the real state of the nation’s students and youth – the sad yet struggling state of the student and education sector. For the past three years, the Aquino administration has not only rejected the demand of the Filipino students and youth for a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented education. The Aquino regime, by far and large, has abandoned its responsibility to provide the Filipinos with free and quality education. Manifestation of this is the series of budget cuts in education, the outright privatization and commercialization of public education via the Roadmap to Public Higher Education Reforms (RPHER) and public-private…