Tuition fee increases kill aspirations of Filipino Youth

Today, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and Ateneo de Davao President Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ issued a statement that the government through the RA 10931 also known as the Free Education Law is “effectively killing” the private sector. This is a pointblank rejection of free education and espousing the neoliberal creed that favors big businesses and oligarchs.

“It’s a shame that instead of pushing for free education, big businesses and neoliberal-minded officials are in favor of the perpetuation of a commercialized and profit oriented education,” said Jose Mari Calleung, National President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

Before the existence of the free education law, higher education in the Philippines has long suffered various neoliberal attacks such as deregulation and privatization that further incapacitate the poorest of the poor to proceed to college. As a matter of fact, despite the existence of the Free Education Law, the Filipino youth continue to suffer from free education maneuvers in the form of other school fees and pro-foreign and burdensome programs such as K-12.

According to Callueng, the anti-poor US-Duterte regime is hell-bent on continuing the profit-oriented neoliberal policies of education. With the help of school adminstrators and stalwarts of the neoliberal economic dogma, students from public and private universities and colleges continuously face the specter of increasingly expensive education.

“The US-Duterte regime is not killing the private sector rather, it has given private universities and colleges a great deal of liberty in making tons of profits. The government continues to look the other way as the Filipino youth continue to suffer from deregulated tuition collection and exorbitant and dubious other school fees. The US-Duterte regime together with its lackeys is killing the aspirations of the Filipino youth for a brighter future,” added Callueng.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines is one with the Filipino youth in pushing for a truly nationalist, scientific, and mass-oriented education. The Guild calls on the Filipino youth to intensify mass struggles to change the rotting system ruled by a madman and dictator wannabe that denies the majority their right to education.

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