March 28, 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…

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…

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,…

Cost of college education unjust at P60,000 per year for AY 2015-2016; Students outraged over CHED’s 313 approved tuition & school fee hikes

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance condemn in the strongest words and actions possible the unjust approval of 313 Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) applications for tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases this academic year (AY) 2015-2016. This approval by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), despite school violations and despite the veracity of verified complaints by students, only shows the commission’s gross neglect of duty. Once again, CHED has betrayed the Filipino students. The commission acts as a stampad of the 313 tuition and OSF increases in the…

No to tuition and Other School Fees Increase! – NUSP Cebu

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The National Union of Students of thePhilippines – Cebu lambasts the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) inits inutility as a rubber-stamp agency that allows tuition increase despite abject violations of the students’ democratic rights prior and during tuition increase consultations in various schools. Truly it has proven itself to be anti-student and its sole purpose is only to facilitate the legitimization of tuition and other school fees increase to further bloat the profits of school owners wrung from the students and their heavily burdened families. Of the 41 Higher Education Institutions in Central Visayas, CHED-7 approved 37applications, 28 of which come…

NUSP charges CHED for disregard on student complaints

Youth and student groups reiterate appeal to the Commission on Higher Education En Banc to release immediate action to previously filed complaints against universities which violated tuition regulation in an action held today dubbed as National Day of Action For Student Rights as part of the Campus Press Freedom Week campaign. ‘It seems that typhoons are faster than CHED’s action, we are already flooded by skyrocketing fees and hits of student rights violation yet commissioners are still sleeping in their ivory towers’ said NUSP National President Sarah Jane Elago. Series of complaints have been filed prior opening of classes against…

An open letter to the students of National University and their parents and guardians

Warm greetings of peace and honor, as we salute the five core values of National University: compassion, trustworthiness, industriousness, respect, and resilience! We are now faced with one of the biggest issues in education: tuition and other fees increase (TOFI), which will drastically impose an added hardship on us. This coming Academic Year 2014-2015, National University Administration is proposing a 3.5% to 10% increase on tuition. All miscellaneous fees are being proposed to be raised from 9% to 10%, including the illegally collected Developmental Fee. On February 17, 2014, the National University Supreme Student Council (NUSSC) received an invitation dated…

[Tuition Monitor] University of San Carlos students on the proposed tuition increase

It’s time for us to make a STAND on the proposed USC Tuition Increase! Amidst worsening economic conditions, the students of the University of San Carlos are once again facing yet another increase in its already expensive tuition. The figures are still coming in pending further deliberation but we have to be firm in our STAND that the essence of our struggle is No to Tuition and Other Fees Increase. We understand that the justification being made by the administration is to respond to the demands of its faculty and staff for an increase in salary as manifested by a…

Students hold National Day of Action against Tuition Increase; Urge CHED to implement a tuition moratorium

  As the Aquino administration’s Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is set to decide on the 451 school applications for tuition increase for this coming academic year, students and student leaders led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) hold today, April 15, 2013, coordinated mass actions and mobilizations in front of CHED’s main office and regional offices (CHEDROs) nationwide. Tuition increases range from 5% to 10%. Tagged as “National Day of Action against Tuition Increase,” NUSP urged CHED to disapprove all forms of tuition and other school fees increases, given the plummeting economic situation of majority…

NUSP to CHED, PNoy and 451 schools’ tuition hike: insensitive and unapologetic

Insensitive, unapologetic, anti-student and anti-people. This is how the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) slammed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) after the latter recently announced that it has received proposals for tuition increase from 451 schools, universities and colleges. This means that CHED has not heeded the students’ and NUSP’s demand for a tuition increase moratorium for the coming school year. NUSP earlier NUSP earlier filed a complaint to CHED against schools, colleges and universities that submitted proposals for tuition increase without due consultation with the students and other sectors of their respective schools. NUSP also…