universities in NCR intend to hike fees
National Union of
Students of the Philippines
April 16, 2018
QUEZON CITY – Among
the private universities and colleges in the National Capital Region
(NCR), 78 submitted petitions to raise their tuition and other
National Union of Students
of the Philippines (NUSP) spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim slammed the
proposed fee increases as a sign of the “worsening system of
profiteering” on education.
“Rising prices of goods
and commodities due to the TRAIN Law have already been a great
burden to Filipino families under the Duterte administration. Even
the cost of education is no exemption. There are no signs that
Duterte will stop fee increases so as to allow capitalist educators
to amass more profits by selling education,” said Lim.
According to the student
union, private school owners already “milked” millions of pesos from
the Filipino youth. Among those are Lyceum of the Philippines
University (LPU), Far Eastern University (FEU), and University of
the East (UE) who topped the list with at least 600 million pesos
each in gross revenue for 2016 from collecting fees.
“At the end of the day,
kawawa ang mga kabataan if the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
and the Duterte government will favor the interest of capitalist
educators way more than the welfare of students. There is not a time
in history when the interests of big businessmen were not factored
in the policy making of CHED,” claimed Lim.
Included in the 78 schools
are Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University - Manila, De
La Salle Araneta University, Far Eastern University, University of
the East, Centro Escolar University, Adamson University, and
University of Asia and the Pacific.
More profits from public funds
“Profiteering is not just
about the collection of tuition and other school fees in private
schools anymore. Capitalist educators found a way in tapping the
public funds, which are supposedly intended for free education, for
their profit,” said Lim.
Lim added that the
recently released implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the
free ed law allow owners of private schools to rake in profit from
the national budget.
From the data gathered by
the Union, the P40 billion funding for the “free education law” is
allotted for various programs: P16 billion and P7 billion for free
education in SUCs and in technical-vocational programs,
respectively; P16 billion for the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES),
from which the tuition and other school fees of students in private
schools can be billed; and P1 billion for student loans.
“Duterte’s free and
accessible education is just pure press releases and soundbites.
While 1 in every 4 students of state universities and colleges (SUCs)
still paid tuition and other school fees in AY 2017-2018, a huge
portion of funding in the form of the TES go straight to the pockets
of private school owners, at the expense of the students’ right to
free education. This is the government’s way of assuring businessmen
that they will not run out of enrollees and source of superprofits,”
“Duterte is exposed as
insincere in making education more accessible to all. Collection of
various fees is still rampant both in private and public schools.
There is indeed a necessity for us to stand up against Duterte for
his anti-student and pro-businessmen policies disguising as
pro-student reforms. We call on the youth to carry out protest
actions on April 19 in opposition to fees collection and increases
in their respective campuses,” ended Lim.