Group slams ‘Education Act of 1982’
ON THE 30th year of the Education Act of 1982, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) called on the government and legislators for a better, genuinely pro-student law.
“The past 30 years under the Education Act have shown no significant improvement in the education sector; the Philippine education sector is still in crisis,” said NUSP Secretary-General Isabelle Baguisi.
NUSP pointed to the high tuition fees, high drop-out rates, and low number of government investment in education as markers of the crisis. The government’s own data shows that for every 100 grade 1 students, only 14 will finish tertiary education, largely due to financial issues.
“We are calling on our legislators to review, re-examine and, ultimately, repeal this law. The “deregulation” in this law only gives rise for schools to further pursue profiteering for themselves at the cost of quality education for the youth. It has left millions of young people without a chance at getting good education and it will continue to prevent equitable access to education if it is allowed to remain in place,”Baguisi said.
She said the Education Act of 1982 gives private institutions a freehand in determining curricula, tuition rates, and courses offered.