Youth group marches to CHED, slams agency’s ‘double talk’, ‘connivance’ with school owners
Youth group Anakbayan trooped to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) today to condemn what it called the agency’s ‘double-talk’ and ‘connivance’ with school owners.
“Kanino ba kumakampi ang CHED? Sa mga estudyante at magulang, o sa mga school-owners?”
This was the response of Anakbayan national vice-chairperson Anton Dulce to the statement of CHED official Julito Vitriolo that the tuition increase in 339 universities are ‘irrevocable’.
According to him, the CHED’s refusal to stop the increases is a great disservice to millions of poor families who are having difficulty sending their children to school due to the current economic crisis.
“With under/unemployment at a record high and the El Niño phenomenon causing billions of pesos in damages to the agricultural sector, the CHED should be rolling back tuition rates, not hiking them” he said.
Dulce also twitted the CHED official for earlier calling for a ‘dialogue’ between the agency and student groups.
“They have already made a decision even before talking to a single student representative, council, or group. Is that what they call a dialogue?” said the youth leader.
He also remarked that the CHED should change its name to Commission on Higher Tuition or Commission on Higher Profits.
“After all, that seems to be what they are fighting for”.
Dulce disclosed that in response, Anakbayan and its allied youth and student groups are now mobilizing its members for a series of protests to pressure the CHED into implementing a tuition freeze.
He said “They (CHED) leave us with no choice. The youth must now wield the same weapons the students of PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) used in their successful fight against their own tuition fee increase, namely, massive and militant protests”.
The first protest is slated on June 10, where students from various universities and high schools, as well as out-of-school youth, will march from the University of Sto. Tomas to Mendiola Bridge.