Students from the University of the East walk out of classes to protest tuition hike

HUNDREDS of Students from the University of the East-Manila walked-out in their classes Wednesday to protest the impending tuition and other fee increases in the University. For the next semester, the UE administration proposed a 5-10% tuition increase and P200 increase in miscellaneous fees.

“We have no choice but to defend our right to education. It is becoming very difficult for many of us to go to school because of the rapid increase of tuition and other fees,” said Jade Valenzuela, convenor of UNITE-UE, an alliance of student councils and organizations in UE opposing the tuition and other school fee hikes.

The National Union of Students of the Philippines, together with Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, have been meeting with students who report tuition schemes and unjust fee increases in their schools.

As of this period, the NUSP hotline received report about the tuition increase proposal in University of the East (Recto and Caloocan), Lyceum University of the Philippines, Philippine School for Business Administration, Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Thomas.

Week long protests versus hikes

Starting today, youth and students nationwide will organize daily activities to protest tuition and other school fee hikes. On February 17, student leaders will troop to the CHED, to urge the commission to impose a moratorium on tuition increase. And on February 28, we expect to gather thousands of students from different parts of the country to walk-out of their classes to defend our right to quality and accessible education.

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