February 24, 2012
Reference: Gemma Canalis, 09268884655
Day of Rage against the Education Crisis
Students enraged over soaring tuition fees; tells CHED, Aquino to brace
for bigger protests
Students and youth led by the League of Filipino Students held a protest
rally at the Commission on Higher Education in UP Diliman today as part of
the Day of Rage against the Education Crisis. Nationwide, chapters of the
LFS held similar protest actions.
“Amid the worsening economic crisis, Aquino hasn’t made a move to regulate
fee increases and the CHED is nothing but a toothless institution. They
are left watching businesses as they milk the students and their parents
of hard earned money in exchange of education. This is what everything has
come to, education is definitely now a commodity.”, said Gemma Canalis,
spokesperson of the LFS.
"Many will not be able to enroll this coming year because of the greed of
the big 'capitalist-educators’ and because the government allows them to
feed their greed. Allowing them to raise tuition further is criminal. The
CHEd memorandum order 13 which allows capitalist-educators to raise fees
according to their whims is criminal in the eyes of the people," said
Canalis said that the youth are definitely left with no choice but to
protest as the fees are just too burdensome to handle for most families of
Filipinos earning 404 pesos a day. “The Aquino administration and CHEd
don’t quite understand that what we are fighting for here is the country’s
future. They adamantly deregulate private school fees and at the same time
slash the budgets of State Universities and Colleges. This is well in line
with the program of K to 12 that sees Filipino youth as future reserved
labor to be peddled abroad. Future looks dim under Aquino.”
Canalis warned Aquino of the bigger protests in the coming weeks. “If
there something Aquino is good at, it is making an effort to discredit the
protests that the people are staging. There is definitely enough reason
for the people to be enraged: with the soaring tuition and school fees,
and budget cuts amid a downtrodden path of poverty the Filipino people
have been walking the past decades.”
“On March 2, the youth will definitely take a stand and let Aquino know
that we that we know that he is there not for our interests but to protect
the interest of the few. It is a duty to protest and resist against a
government that deprives the youth of a brighter future.”###
February 22, 2012
REFERENCE: Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, 09174416739
[As walkouts vs. tuition hikes begin]
Anakbayan to impeachment-crazy Noynoy: What about a Tuition Moratorium?
The youth group Anakbayan is calling on President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino
III to stop his 'unhealthy obsession' with the impeachment trial of Chief
Justice Renato Corona, and give attention to student demands for a freeze
of university tuition and other fees this year.
The group made the call for a 'tuition moratorium' today, alongside campus
protests in the University of Sto. Tomas and the Polytechnic University of
the Philippines. In the former, there is a proposed 6% across-the-board
tuition increase; while in the latter, students are apprehensive that
budget cuts to their University will lead to 'commercialization' schemes
such as a proposed 2000% tuition hike last 2010 (which was eventually
junked by the iconic 'chair burning' protests).
Despite the meteoric rise of the cost of a college education in the past
decade, both private and public universities continue to hike their
tuition and other fees: the University of the East's Recto campus has a
proposed increase of 3-5%, while the De La Salle University's Main campus
has a 3% hike. Many university administrations nationwide are currently
holding 'token' consultations regarding possible increases in their
Since 2001, the average nationwide tuition rate has more than doubled from
P257.42 to P537 per unit, or from P19,307.16 to P38,829.60 per year for
two 18-unit semesters. According to the Commission on Higher Education
itself, more than 80% of all college students do not finish their studies,
an amount currently equivalent to 2.1 million people.
“Why can’t Noynoy be as ‘obsessed’ with making education accessible as he
is with the impeachment trial?” lamented Vencer Crisostomo, national
chairperson of Anakbayan.
“If he can decisively mobilize government officials to quickly impeach the
Chief Justice, why can’t he do the same to put a moratorium on all tuition
increases in effect?” he added.
Students from various campuses across Metro Manila will be holding
protests this week to compel the Administration into taking action:
22 – ‘Indoor Rally’: University of Sto. Tomas; Walkout: Polytechnic
University of the Philippines
23 – ‘Unity March’ across Diliman: University of the Philippines Diliman;
Intramuros-wide March: Intramuros-area Schools
24 – March to Mendiola: University of the Philippines Manila, University
of the East; March to CHED: Other schools
28 – Nationwide protest: Deadline of submitting tuition proposals to the
February 23, 2012
REFERENCE: Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, 09174416739
Youth group wants CHEd chief to resign; tuition hikes
Youth group ANAKBAYAN today called on Commission on Higher Education (CHEd)
chairperson Patricia Licuanan to resign from her post amidst looming
tuition hikes set again this year.
According to Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of ANAKBAYAN, CHEd
under Licuanan has failed to fulfil its duty to regulate school fees and
stop annual tuition hikes, causing an ever increasing number of drop-out
rates among the youth.
“Licuanan and the Aquino government promised greater access to education
and regulation on fees. After more than a year in office, they have done
nothing. The problems regarding skyrocketing tuition rates have worsened
and the number of drop-outs have increased,” said Crisostomo.
Tuition rates are again expected to rise this year, as the deadline for
consultations for tuition hike proposals end on February 28. According to
the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), about 400
schools this year are proposing tuition increases ranging from 10 to 15
percent, not including other miscellaneous fees. According to data from
CHEd, more than 80% of college students drop out due to rising tuition
rates, or equivalent to 2.1 million students last year.
Crisostomo said not a few student leaders have filed complaints regarding
unjust tuition increases and other fee impositions during the past years
but are approved by the CHEd anyway. Due to the increasing number of
complaints, Congress held several hearings and agreed that government
should address “unjust and absurd fees”, prompting a statement from
Malacanang promising the public that CHEd will soon come up with new
“To the dismay of students, CHEd has not issued new guidelines in time for
the consultation period. They presented various drafts, but said they
intend to implement new guidelines not this coming school year but in
2013-2014. This is tantamount to tolerating abusive and questionable fee
impositions,” said Crisostomo.
He said the government should be more sensitive to the plight of the poor
families which, due to increasing tuition rates, are not able to send
their children to school.
Crisostomo said that “directly or due to their neglect, CHEd has been in
cahoots with capitalist-educators in raking record high profits while
robbing the youth of their rights.”
He cited financial records of the top 5 highest earning schools which
reflected net profit of P3.45 billion during the past 6 years, raking
P15.43 billion in gross revenues. In 2010 alone, Far Eastern University (FEU)
posted P585 million in profits, while University of the East posted about
P300 million. FEU also registered an increase in profits in the past 9
months after it increased tuition rates last year.
Some of the schools set to increase tuition this year are University of
Santo Tomas, which proposed a 3-6% increase for most colleges and as much
as 19% for some freshmen; University of the East will likewise increase
tuition by 3-5%; FEU by 4.8%; and De La Salle University by 3%.
ANAKBAYAN, NUSP and other youth and student groups said a moratorium on
all tuition and other fee hikes should be imposed by the government this
year and a thorough review of all tuition increases during the past years
should be done.
“We have had enough of government neglect regarding tuition hikes.
Ultimately, government should make sure that every Filipino has access to
free and quality education at all levels and should stop further
commercialization of the educational system,” he said. ###
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