Student activists urge CHED not to approve tuition hikes in private schools

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2020 07:57 PM

MANILA - Student activists from the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) protested in front of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to block the supposed application of private higher educational institutions (HEI) for tuition increases next school year.

The CHED should exert its power over HEIs amid rising prices of commodities primarily caused by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act, NUSP President Raoul Manuel said.

“Kagaya na lang ng UST, FEU, UE, Ateneo, La Salle at napakarami pang mga paaralan sa buong bansa, nagpo-protesta tayo dahil nakikita natin na hindi makatarungan sa bahagi ng mga estudyante at kanilang mga pamilya na magtaas na naman ng tuition ang mga paaralan habang tumataas din ang mga bilihin,” Manuel said.

The NUSP claimed HEIs are asking for a 3 to 7 percent increase in tuition and other fees.

“Nananawagan kami sa CHED at maging kay President Duterte, bilang ang CHED ay nasa ilalim ng Office of the President, na i-exert ang kanyang kapangyarihan na hindi pwedeng taon-taon na lang sasabihin ng CHED na wala siyang kapangyarihang i-stop ang tuition increases,” Manuel said.

The student activists also claimed that poor students are forced to study in private institutions due to lack of slots in state universities and colleges.

“Fifty-five percent ng college students ay nasa private schools at hindi lang dahil yun ang kanilang personal choice pero dahil mismo sa mga SUCs [State Universities and Colleges] ay nagsa-suffer din sila sa kakulangan ng budget,” Manuel said.

The student activists ended their protest by burning a photo of President Duterte.