A student group on Friday denounced the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) for being a stamp pad for increases in tuition and other school fees.
The Rise for Education Alliance took issue with the CHEd finally submitting after eight months a long overdue but supposedly anemic response to complaints about the increases in tuition and other fees that were filed by student leaders from National University, De La Salle Araneta University, Far Eastern University, Feati University, San Beda College- Manila and University of Manila.
A copy of the response was only received by the office of Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon after he quizzed the commission during its 2015 budget hearing on August 26.
“An eight-months-in-the-making-response is actually eight months of CHEd’s neglect of student complaints regarding rampant bogus consultations and other violations stipulated under CHED Memorandum Order [CMO] No. 3 Series of 2012,” Sarah Elago, convenor of the alliance, said.
“Even the complainants did not receive any copy of the response. Clearly the commission has no intent of sincerely addressing issues and concerns of the students. CHED only yielded to the demand for a formal, written response when the House Committee on Appropriations requested it to immediately do so as perhaps a seeming requirement to justify and further increase the budget of the commission,” Elago added.
The alliance has slammed CHED’s maneuvering via “mediation” that ultimately tells the students that the commission is a mere stamp pad for fee increases instead of the commission critically engaging burning issues.
“CHED has put forward mediation between the student complainants and school administrations. However, mediation has never been part of any clause under [CMO No. 3]. Instead, it welcomes the idea of interrogative act of defiance against students’ appeal and demand,” Sheryl Alapad, national executive vice president, National Union of Students of the Philippines, said.
The Rise for Education Alliance also criticized the CHED for supposedly allowing automatic fee raises in many universities and colleges.