NUSP, Kabataan Launch “Balik-eskwela” Hotline, Pressure CHED to Pass Tuition Hike Freeze

Press Release
May 22, 2010

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the Kabataan Partylist today launched “Balik-eskwela” hotline to gather complaints from parents and students regarding school violations on tuition and other fees consultation.

According to earlier statements from CHED, the 339 schools it has approved to increase may be sliced down should CHED be able to determine the schools which did not consult with parents and students.

Einstein Recedes, NUSP national president, took CHED to task for “its apparent softness towards the schools it approved when most did not in fact do any form of democratic consultation. As early as March 2010, we have notified CHED of various school violations on tuition consultations. Up to now, CHED has not released the list of approved schools with increases as if the list were some obscene secret that should be kept away from the public eye.”

“We launch the ‘Balik-eswela’ hotline to reach out to parents and students from all over the country and to collect reports about school violations. We now have an initial list of schools which violated the tuition consultation policy and we fear more will add to our list.”

Recedes likewise urged high school students and their parents to report any violations to NUSP and Kabataan’s ‘Balik-eswela’ hotline. This is in line with DepEd’s “no collection of fee” policy.

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Recedes reiterated that “the tuition hike freeze remains the resounding demand of parents and students. CHED allows the yearly increase of tuition and other fees to the detriment of millions of students forced to drop out. Based on UNESCO’s study in 2008, 73% of the youth were forced to drop out due to the unattainable price of education in our country. This number continues to rise given that CHED has not done anything to improve the state of Philippine education.”

“The rotten education system leaves us with no choice but to counter it with militancy. The youth are prepared to do militant actions in order make CHED fulfill the people’s demand for quality and accessible education,” he said.

Einstein Recedes
NUSP national president

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