July 27, 2017

NUSP leads national day of action for free education, denounces free tuition scam

The National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) with different progressive student organizations led the National Day of Action for Free Education and held a picket protest in front of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) main office. Months after its pronouncements of finally providing free public tertiary education, the Duterte administration, through CHED and DBM, released the guidelines for the grant of free tuition. After examining the provisions of the guidelines, several progressive youth and student groups dubbed the policy as the ‘free tuition scam.’ “Education is an inalienable and inherent right of every individual. It should be enjoyed…

Statement: PNU Students Denounce BS Aquino’s Budget Cut on PNU and SUCs

Ang Pamahalaang Pang-Mag-aaral ng bawat PNU Campus (PNU-SGs), Pambansang Pederasyon ng mga Lider-Estudyante ng Pamantasang Normal ng Pilipinas (PPLEPNP), at Punong Rehenteng Pang-mag-aaral (OSR) ay mariing kinukundena ang gobyerno sa mababang alokasyon sa buong sektor ng edukasyon, higit lalo sa napakababang porsyento nang ipinasang badyet sa Pamantasang Normal ng Pilipinas (PNU) para sa taong 2015. Sa lahat ng State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) sa NCR, PNU ang tinamaan ng pinakamalaking kaltas sa badyet. Mula sa panukalang P3,057,267,000, katiting na P569,092,000 lamang o 18.6% ang inaprubahan, at tumataginting na P2,488,175,000 o 81.4% ang kabuuang kaltas ng Department of Budget and Management…

NUSP hits CHED for Betraying Students by Once Again “Legalizing” Collection of Development Fee in SUCs

The fight against the illegal development fee is not yet over. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), through its July 7, 2014 “Clarificatory Statement on the Matter of Development Fees and Conditions for Its Implementation by the Governing Boards of State Universities and Colleges,” has once again betrayed the students and youth and has proven that it protects the interests not of the students but of the moneymakers. The clarificatory statement (1) has legalized starting AY 2014-2015 the collection of any development fees in state universities and colleges (SUCs) as long as it is for fiduciary purposes, and (2) has…

Tuition is high even in SUCs; Students enraged over Malacanang’s apathy –NUSP

It would be too much to ask from the students and citizens to forgive Malacanang, for Malacanang doesn’t know what it is saying and what it is doing. Malacanang, through Presidential Communication Operation Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr., is undeniably illogical in reasoning. The students are calling for a tuition moratorium but Malacanang provides us an insensitive response: if students and parents cannot afford to pay high tuition, then they can simply transfer to state universities and colleges (SUCs). It is symptomatic of a government that does not know the real conditions of Philippine education. Malacanang is actually…

Student union condemns PNoy’s exclusivist 2014 budget; Calls to genuinely rechannel pork barrel to education, social services

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns in the highest degree the anti-student, anti-youth and anti-people 2014 budget of the Aquino regime. Touted as a supposed “budget for inclusive development,” the 2014 National Expenditure Program excludes rather than includes the majority of Filipinos from public fund and from basic social services. “While the budget for education, health, employment and social welfare seemingly increased by 20%, the fact remains that such increase is merely nominal and largely insufficient to address the needs of the social services sectors. Moreover, the budget is deceptive as it has allotted more to…

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…

STATE OF ABANDONMENT:Why Reforming STFAP Is Not the Solution

Student Regent Cleve Kevin Robert V. Arguelles and Katipunan ng Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP (KASAMA sa UP) University of the Philippines Transcript of speech delivered at the Public Consultation on the Proposal to Revise the STFAP and Financial Assistance Services of UP, 04 February 2013, at the College of Education Auditorium hosted by the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs For the past years, students have raised different concerns regarding the UP Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program or STFAP. Be it the long lines, the thousand-pages long application form, the life-and-death mismatch in brackets or the…

NUSP: Ipaglaban ang Edukasyon, Karapatan at Tunay na Pagbabago!

“Hindi na matitiis ng kabataan at mamamayan ang higit na pagkakait sa karapatan sa edukasyon, paglabag sa karapatang pantao at patuloy pang kahirapan at pambubusabos. Nananawagan kami sa gubyernong Aquino na itigil ang mga patakaran ng komersyalisasyon at mga pagtataas ng matrikula, ibasura ang Oplan Bayanihan at itigil ang paglabag sa karapatan, at tumindig para sa tunay na pagbabago.”

Launching of E4ALL Education for All Alliance on June 20, 2012 at De La Salle University – Manila

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Position Paper on Tuition and Miscellaneous Fees

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expresses its strong objection to the continuing school fee increases and the apparent light-handed approach the government has taken with regard to the issue.  The fee increases in both private and public schools have evolved from being prohibitive in nature to being actual deterrents for millions of Filipino youth who wish to have access to quality education. The deregulation of tuition in private schools and the continued budget cuts in state universities and colleges (SUCs) have made tuition and miscellaneous fees skyrocket. In the past ten years (from 2001 – 2011),…