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Ilocos rally against education budget cut * Latest Posts Education Regions Youth 

Ilocos rally against education budget cut

By ALDWIN QUITASOL Northern Dispatch Reposted by BAGUIO CITY – Students from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region I join other SUC students nationwide in launching different forms of protest actions against the slashing of the national budget for state colleges. The National Union of Students in the Philippines-North Luzon (NUSP-NL) stated that based on the 2012 National Expenditure Program (NEP), the government will only allot 50% of the proposed budget of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) Region I. Because of this, they say, two…

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Students Greet School Opening With Protest Vs Tuition Hikes * Latest Posts Breaking News Education 

Students Greet School Opening With Protest Vs Tuition Hikes

By GLAIZA MAY G. MUZONES Bulatlat MANILA — Students from various schools and universities greeted the opening of classes today, June 1, with a protest rally against soaring tuition and school fees. The protesters, alarmed by the continuing increase of dropout rates amid the economic crisis, called on the Arroyo administration to address problems in education. Members of progressive youth groups including the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Kabataan Partylist, National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP), Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, and students from different educational…

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As Cost of Education Rises, Dropout Rates Among Filipino Youths Soar * Latest Posts Education Top Stories 

As Cost of Education Rises, Dropout Rates Among Filipino Youths Soar

Tuition in the Philippines has increased by as much as 90 percent. As a result, the dropout rate has worsened over the years as school-aged children are compelled to work and help their parents earn a livelihood. And there seems to be no stopping schools from turning students into milking cows.

Related story: For Poorly Paid Public-School Teachers, a Daily Struggle to Make Ends Meet

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Youth Group Says CHED Spineless; 130 Schools to Hike Tuition * Latest Posts Breaking News 

Youth Group Says CHED Spineless; 130 Schools to Hike Tuition

BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat A youth group said the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is spineless amid reports that 130 tertiary schools across the country will increase tuition by five to ten percent. According to CHED, 30 of these schools come from the National Capital Region, 26 from Calabarzon, 14 from Northern Mindanao, 12 from Western Mindanao, 10 from Bicol, eight from Davao, seven from Socsksargen, six from Western Visayas, five from Ilocos, four each from Central Luzon and Caraga, two from Mimaropa, and one each from the Cordillera…

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Issue Guidelines on Tuition Freeze, CHED Told * Latest Posts Breaking News 

Issue Guidelines on Tuition Freeze, CHED Told

BY BULATLAT Amid the economic crisis, a legislator called on the the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to provide guidelines to stop any tuition increase for school year 2009-2010. Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casiño expressed this to CHED officials at the meeting jointly conducted by the House Committees on Higher and Technical Education and Basic Education and Culture yesterday. Casiño said, ““In view of the economic recession and the stakeholders’ consultations on tuition increase held every February, the State must now exercise its regulatory powers to curtail the unabated increase…

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Students Oppose Random Drug Testing in Schools * Latest Posts Breaking News 

Students Oppose Random Drug Testing in Schools

BY BULATLAT Students voiced out their opposition to the proposed random drug testing in schools. In a statement, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest alliance of student councils in the country criticized the proposal as ‘a mere knee-jerk and shortsighted reaction’ by the Arroyo government to the “Alabang boys” scandal. The term “Alabang boys” was used to refer to Richard Brodett, Joseph Tecson and Jorge Jordana Joseph. The three were arrested by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in September last year. Alvin…

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Million-Dollar ‘Kickback’ Could Have Paid For Public School Shortages * Latest Posts Democratic Space 

Million-Dollar ‘Kickback’ Could Have Paid For Public School Shortages

BY THE EDUCATORS’ FORUM FOR DEVELOPMENT DEMOCRATIC SPACE Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 4, February 24-Marcy 1, 2008 Crisis in the Philippine education sector is deepening as manifested by high dropout rate, deteriorating quality, rising resource shortages, and intensifying exploitation of teachers. And yet the highest officials of the country are embroiled in billion-peso anomalies and continue to enrich themselves with public funds with impunity. Take, for instance, the ZTE corruption scandal that is currently hounding the Arroyo government. The exposed $130 million-“kickback” (or P5.2 billion in current exchange…

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UNP Students Call for Higher State Subsidy * Latest Posts Other Stories 

UNP Students Call for Higher State Subsidy

Students from the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) through the initiative of Alliance of Concerned Students-Partido ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral (ACS-PDM), a campus party alliance, are now gearing up for the budget deliberation in Congress this coming November. BY ZOFIA LEAL Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 36, October 14-20, 2007 Students from the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) through the initiative of Alliance of Concerned Students-Partido ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral (ACS-PDM), a campus party alliance, are now gearing up for the budget deliberation IN Congress this coming November. UNP is the first state…

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UP Second-Degree Takers Covered by ToFI but Not by STFAP * Latest Posts Other Stories 

UP Second-Degree Takers Covered by ToFI but Not by STFAP

There is no escaping the University of the Philippines’ (UP) tuition and other fee increases (ToFI) – even for second-degree takers. BY REYNA MAE TABBADA Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 15 May 20-26, 2007 There is no escaping the University of the Philippines’ (UP) tuition and other fee increases (ToFI) – even for second-degree takers. After its unanimous approval of a 300 percent increase in the tuition fee of the University of the Philippines (UP) last December, the Board of Regents (BoR) mandated that old UP students who are taking their…

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