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Budget cuts on higher education killing hope of the nation –teachers’ solon

19 March 2013 2 Comments

PRESS RELEASE
19 March 2013
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

Budget cuts on higher education killing hope of the nation –teachers’ solon
Take responsibility for lives destroyed by commercialization policy, Aquino, UP admin urged

Saying that the high costs even of public education drive many Filipino youth to lose hope, a progressive solon reiterated the education sector’s recurring call for government to substantially increase its subsidies to public schools in the basic and tertiary levels.

ACT TEACHERS Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio slammed the “helpless” and “guiltless” stance of the Aquino and UP administrations as regards the death of Kristel Tejada, freshman Behavioral Science student of UP Manila.

“Malacañang cannot wash its hands and say that they are ‘helpless’ against tuition fee increases because it has been the continuing policy of the Executive for decades to impose budget cuts on state universities and colleges in order to force them to adopt cost-recovery and income-generation measures, such as tuition fee hikes. Kristel’s death proves that this policy of commercializing education destroys lives, particularly those of the poor,” said Tinio. “Her death can be given some measure of sense if only the policies which drove her away from UP and studying which—according to her parents, she both loved—will be scrapped, not just revised.”

“Year in and year out, government plugs its ears to our calls for higher budget for the education sector,” said Tinio. “Instead, it gives mere scraps insufficient for our schools’ annually mounting needs and pushes them to increase tuition and other fees and be money-making machines at the expense of students and their parents.”

Budget cuts and inadequate subsidies force schools to augment the budget from the national government by generating their own income. Tinio also condemned insufficient state subsidy as the direct cause of anti-poor education policies like the long-reviled Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) and its offshoot, the forced leave of absence policy.

The STFAP and similar “socialized tuition schemes” have long been criticized as a mechanism for imposing tuition and other fee increases in government universities. ###

  • ang dinadagdagan ng deped ay ang workloads ng teachers at hindi ang sweldo. sadista!

  • Rodrigo Carlos

    I commend Party List Rep. Antonio Tinio for supporting all the teachers (public or private) in proposing the salary increase of all the teachers. I hope Sir, your effort will come true.