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Youth groups protest tuition hikes in 222 Philippine colleges, universities
Members of different youth groups marched to the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) office in Quezon City Wednesday, April 25, 2012, to protest against the imminent tuition hikes in Philippine colleges and universities.
The demonstration came a day after CHED announced that it has approved tuition hikes in at least 222 colleges and universities across the country.
“We are furious on how President Aquino and CHED affectionately understand yearly needs of private HEIs to hike tuition due to increasing costs, but fail to see or hear parents and students’ difficulties,” National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) national president Rainier Sindayen said in a statement.
CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan earlier said that higher education institutions [HEIs] are "under pressure to increase tuition fees because of increasing costs at a difficult time.”
Licuanan also clarified that the Education Act of 1982 allows HEIs to “determine its rate of tuition and other school fees or charges” subject to the rules and regulations promulgated by CHED.
The Kabataan Partylist projects that this development will force more college students to drop out of school this coming school year.
“With this new wave of tuition hikes, it is not unlikely that more students will be forced to stop schooling due to financial constraints,” Kabataan Partylist secretary-general Vencer Crisostomo said.
“Coupled with the worsening economic crisis and widening joblessness in the country, tuition hikes definitely translate to more out-of-school youth,” Crisostomo added.
Sindayen also said that the government should impose a moratorium on tuition hikes to curb increasing drop-out rates. “We demand to the Aquino government to heed people’s demands for accessible and quality education,” he added.
Crisostomo also challenged the Aquino administration to “act upon this recent wave of tuition hikes” and to “scrap anti-student laws such as the Education Act of 1982.”
Meanwhile, CHED executive director Atty. Julito Vitriolo appealed to the 222 HEIs whose applications for tuition hike were approved to consider postponing the increase in their tuition rates.