Youth Leaders Blame 26 years of Deregulated Education for Rampant Tuition Hikes

26 05 2008

Youth leaders from different universities and communities blame rampant tuition increase on more than 20 years of deregulated education. Akbayan Youth Chairperson Marichris Cabreros points out that due to the Government’s neglect of the education sector, more and more universities increase their tuition annually in absurd rates.

“CHED’s inefficiency to regulate tuition increases only illustrates, time and again, the incapacity of the institution to uphold the rights and welfare of the students,” says Student Council Alliance of the Philippines Deputy Secretary-General Alvin Quintans.

In this premise, education is seen as a commodity that the youth cannot afford rather than a basic right. “Tuition fee and miscellaneous fee increases coupled with another fare hike, staggering prices of oil, electricity and rice, will further the surge in the number of out of school youth,” Mr. Quintans adds.

“The unceasing and ancient problem of the education sector rests on the argument that deregulation never resolved the issue of lack of competent curricula and learning tools. In as much as it never resolved the issue of growing number of out of school youth,” says Third Bargo, UP Diliman University Student Council Chairperson.

Akbayan Youth and partner school and community based organizations will welcome the opening of classes this June with a series of demonstrations in CHED and universities nationwide to call for a stop in tuition fee and miscellaneous hikes and higher budget allocation for the education sector.