Students, Youth Groups Expose School Violations of CHED Order

Press Release
March 23, 2010

Christian Rosler Esturco, a 3rd year AB Legal Studies student from Lyceum University, is one among the many students nationwide barred from taking their exams due to pending arrears. He received failing marks in his subjects last year after his school denied him from taking the finals without a fully paid tuition. The case, he says, is the same this year.

Based on reports from students and parents received by the Kabataan Partylist and the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), Lyceum University belongs to some 54 schools nationwide which still violate the anti-no-permit no-exam policy lobbied by the Kabataan Partylist and released by CHED January this year.

According to Vanessa Faye Bolibol, NUSP secretary general, “It is disturbing that CHED undermines its own authority by failing to sanction the schools which continue to brush off the anti-no-permit no-exam policy. We’ve been calling the attention of CHED about this. I can’t help but think that it’s part of CHED’s mandate to be always inept on matters concerning the students.”

Bolibol says that the Kabataan Partylist and NUSP furnished CHED a copy of the reports they have gathered. She says “CHED, up to now, has not lift a finger.”

Tuition hikes galore

Bolibol also bemoaned CHED’s “feckless attitude towards tuition and other fee increases.” According to CHED, 233 private schools and 2 SUCs nationwide are set to increase tuition.

“CHED has done nothing to regulate the rapid accession of tuition fee. Its useless pleas to schools not to increase tuition can no longer conceal the truth on who’s interest CHED is protecting. It’s worth mentioning that CHED chairman Emmanuel Angeles is a school owner himself. No wonder CHED advances the interest of capitalist educators,” Bolibol said.

Bolibol explained that more students will not be able to fulfill their dreams of graduating if the deregulated character of education remains.

Waves of protests

Bolibol warns that huge protests and other actions will take place this week to “manifest the utter discontent of the students.”

She says that “We will also invite the parents to speak up and join the actions. The reports from the students and parents we receive are very agitating. It’s high time to head to streets once again with thousands of our fellow youth and claim with burning passion that ‘Education is a right!’” ###

Reference:
Vanessa Faye Bolibol, NUSP Secretary General

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