SCAP Joins Student Protest Agianst Tuition Increase

10 06 2007

Thousands of students are set to launch a nationwide strike on the opening day of classes Wednesday in protest of the repid increase of tuition in state colleges and universities, ABS – CBN News reported Sunday.

Student activists said they are organizing a protest rally in from of state colleges and universities in the cities of Manila, Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, General Santos and several others to condemn the unaffordable tuition increase this year.

Two of the universities and colleges that have the highest tuition increases are the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City and Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology [EARIST] in Manila.

Tuition in UP increased from P300 per unit to P1,000 per unit. At EARIST tuition went up from P54 per unit to P100 per unit.

The student group Youth Against Debt said students are now forced out of school because they cannot afford tuition.

The group also criticized the government for allowing the tuition increase despite borrowing $100 million from the World Bank to finance public schools.

The Commission on Higher Education, meanwhile, justified the increases stressing the need to upgrade the salaries of teachers and improve educational facilities.

[The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines is one of the convenor of the Youth Against the Debt, a network of young people’s organizations working on issues of education reforms, debt servicing and national budget]

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