Big protests set against tuition hikes on February 24 and March 11
Youth group Anakbayan today slammed Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan for belittling student protests against the rising cost of education by saying it is still too early to determine the number of universities that will increase tuition and other fees this year.
“While we speak thousands of youth are dropping out of school because of the expensive education. We don’t have Licuanan’s privilege to dilly-dally before we take action. Simple lang naman ang punto. Ayaw naming magmahal . . . ang matrikula,” said Anakbayan national chair Vencer Crisostomo.
The youth group said that this wait-and-see attitude of Licuanan is typical of the Aquino administration’s pampered and haughty bureaucrats who are heartless to the plight of the Filipino people, in this case the Filipino youth and students.
“How can Licuanan say that student protests against tuition and other fees hike are premature when in the past six years under Aquino, CHED has done nothing but approve proposals for tuition and other fee increases that comes under its jurisdiction?” said Crisostomo.
He said tuition rates and the profits of private universities have doubled from P30,000-P50,000 to a whopping P60,000-P100,000 annually during the term of Aquino with CHED functioning as a mere rubber stamp to legitimize the school fee increases.
“This month of love, many students and parents will be left with broken hearts with student consultations for tuition and other fee hikes set to begin this month of February. Our independent monitoring shows that over 400 universities and colleges are expected to hike fees,” he said.
The youth group asserted that the issue is not some technical matter related to government red tape and procedures on allowing tuition hikes but the Aquino administration’s deregulation policy in the education sector which allows private school owners to increase tuition yearly.
Various youth and student groups have been holding protest actions leading to massive nationwide walkouts on February 24 and March 11.#AyokoMagmahal protest actions in various universities and colleges nationwide will be held tomorrow, February 12, as buildup for protests.