A MILITANT youth group on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the newly approved tuition hikes in 354 private colleges and universities nationwide.
The Kabataan party list questioned the constitutionality of Section 42 of Batas Pambansa No. 232 or the Education Act of 1982 and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 3 series of 2012 which were the basis for the approval of new and higher fees in tertiary schools. It said all previous increases based on these two laws should be declared invalid.
The respondents in the case include CHED and several schools that raised tuition for the incoming academic year, notably the University of Santo Tomas, University of the East Caloocan and Adamson University.
The CHED had allowed 354 schools to increase their tuition on Monday.
“The youth sector has always been at the forefront of the fight against unabated tuition hikes in the country. This time around, we are determined to put an end to illegal and unconstitutional tuition increases once and for all by exhausting all means–both legally and in the parliamentary of the streets,” Terry Ridon, Kabataan president, said in a statement.
“For years, unsound tuition policies have transmogrified higher education into its current deregulated nature, and it will only continue if we don’t strike down the laws and regulations that allow such,” Ridon said.