Around 50 students from the University of the Philippines held a program and noise barrage Tuesday (June 30) near Philcoa in Quezon City to condemn the Aquino government’s K to 12 program, the implementation of tuition deregulation and imposition of other school fees.
Students blasted the K to 12 program for promoting the government’s long-standing labor export policy, as well as the privatization of public education.
The K to 12 program introduces two years of senior high school in addition to four years of juniors high school. It also requires students to undergo Kindergarten before enrolling for elementary education.
The students also decried the approval of tuition hikes in around 400 universities and colleges and over 1,200 elementary and high schools nationwide.
The imposition of other school fees increases was also criticized as a “new form of tuition fee increase,” according to Anakbayan’s official publication.
Youth groups such as Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, Alay Sining, Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) and Rise for Education Alliance led the hour-long program.