BY HANNAH FAITH DORMIDO
In this time of crisis, a Christian youth group has called called on church-run private colleges and universities to freeze tuition hikes.
The appeal was made by the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) weeks before the deadline for the submission of proposals to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED.)
“We convey this appeal especially to the churches and the religious to (empathize) with the people’s hardships,” said Biyaya Quizon, SCMP chairperson.
She added that the memorandum issued by CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles last Feb. 5 calling on private universities and public schools not to increase tuition and miscellaneous fees lacks merit.
“The memorandum will remain as lip service as long as schools administrators remain unaccountable to CHED and most especially, the students,” Quizon said.
She said SCMP believes a genuine moratorium on fee increases is needed to address the problems on tuition hike.
Quizon also said the incapacity of CHED to regulate tuition hikes, which results in yearly increases in tuition and other fees, triggers the exodus of students out of private schools. However, state-run universities could not accommodate more students because of the dwindling state subsidy to education, she added. (Bulatlat.com)