Students demand CHED to stop tuition hikes in a dialogue

Student leaders from the National Union of Students of the Philippines (CEGP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), Adamson University (AdU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) sat with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) officials demanding to stop all tuition and other school fees increases.

In the dialogue, student leaders presented the situation in their respective schools while NUSP and CEGP gave the situation of schools in other parts of the country. Students from different colleges and universities in Metro Manila also protested in front of the gates of CHED during the dialogue.

Students have been pushing to scrap CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 3, series of 2012 which sets the guidelines on tuition fee increase consultations in higher education institutions (HEIs). But since its issuance on April 2012, some higher education institutions violate the guidelines required under the CMO by conducting bogus consultations and in some cases, schools do not even conduct consultations.

CHED officials said that they cannot act upon a certain case if there was no complaint filed to CHED regional offices. They also said that they cannot mandate or impose HEIs to comply but only encourage them to be more “compassionate” with their policies.

Dismayed by the answers, student leaders vowed to continue the fight to stop all tuition fee hikes and take the struggle to the streets.###

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