RESOLUTION URGING THE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED SENATE RESOULTION NO. 488

2 06 2011

RESOLUTION URGING THE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED SENATE RESOULTION NO. 488

 

 

WHEREAS, the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines is a formation of student councils, political parties, organizations and young leaders in the country with member-schools in more than 60 provinces and 100 cities nationwide.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance also commits itself to actively strive for progressive and positive change within the society in which it exists.

 

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines stipulates that it is the responsibility of the State to “protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.”

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance believes that the unabated rise of the costs of education has greatly diminished the ability of the common Filipino to enjoy this right.

 

WHEREAS, several tertiary education institutions have undertaken hikes in their tuition fees and/or raised funds from the charging of miscellaneous fees, with the latter falling outside the purview of the Commission on Higher Education.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance believes that the inability of concerned government agencies to prevent unreasonable, excessive and unjust increases in tuition and other fees of tertiary education institutions has greatly impaired access to relevant and quality education and is tantamount to a denial of a basic social citizenship right.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance believes that CHED and/or other government agencies must be empowered by further legislation to protect Filipino students from unwarranted and abusive hikes of not only tuition fees, but also of miscellaneous and other fees.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance believes that it is in the best interest of the student sector for concerned agencies and institutions to look into the matter of miscellaneous fees charged by schools, with the view of rationalizing and itemizing allowable fees.

 

WHEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS RESOLVED, that the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines strongly supports the adoption of Proposed Senate Resolution No. 488, urging pertinent Senate Committees to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the reported increases of miscellaneous fees imposed by some colleges and universities, which add to the burden of high tuition costs, with the end in view of rationalizing and itemizing allowable miscellaneous charges in the interest of transparency.

SR 488: http://www.senate.gov.ph/lisdata/112979597!.pdf

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