February 10, 2012
Kabataan Partylist launches hotline to monitor tuition, other school fees increase
DAVAO CITY—The Kabataan Partylist launched today the “Kabataan Hotline” to gather complaints from parents and students regarding school violations on tuition and other fees increase. The hotline numbers are 221-6589 and 0929-536-7113.
“We launch the ‘Kabataan Hotline’ in order to reach out to parents and students from all over Davao City and to collect reports on violations of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) with regards to the collection of fees. We now have an initial report of private HEIs that violated the tuition consultation policy. We will definitely file complaints against these schools this month,” said Ronnie Clarion, regional spokesperson of Kabataan Partylist-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR).
According to earlier statements from Commission on Higher Education Region 11 (CHED XI), 20 private HEIs applied for tuition increase in Davao Region, 13 of which come from Davao City. CHED set the deadline of consultations for tuition increase on February 28.
“There is no genuine and democratic consultation in the circumstance in which the school administration would only present their proposal to the students with no alternative. CHED and the HEIs act as if the so-called consultation is a mere procession,” Clarion said.
Clarion likewise urged college students and their parents to report any violations on tuition and miscellaneous fees to Kabataan Partylist’s ‘Kabataan Hotline’.
Clarion reiterated that “the tuition hike freeze remains the resounding demand of parents and students. CHED allows yearly increase of tuition and other fees to the detriment of millions of students who are forced to drop out. Because of CHED’s apparent softness to these HEIs, we are expecting massive complaints or reports from students and parents alike.”
“The degrading quality of education system because of state neglect leaves us with no choice but to counter it with militancy and vigilance. The youth are prepared to act in order make CHED and the Aquino government fulfill the people’s demand for quality and accessible education,” he said.