Youth from private universities join in call to scrap repressive tuition policies
On the second day of the week-long “Black Protest” against unabated tuition policies that contributed to the death of UP Manila freshman Kristel Tejada, students from various public and private universities and colleges in the country walk out of their classes to signify their growing discontent against the “decrepit” education system in the country.
“Today, youth and students from various schools will again show their growing discontent to an educational system that has increasingly burdened many families in the country, an education system that has allowed deregulated tuition, an educational system that led to the death of a fellow Iskolar ng Bayan,” said Kabataan Partylist President Terry Ridon.
In UP Manila, students walk out of their classes by 11 a.m. and converge in the College of Arts and Sciences along Padre Faura. They will then march to the grounds of the Philippine General Hospital – where the UPM administration is meeting the faculty regarding Tejada’s death – to demand accountability on the part of the UP administration.
Also, in the main campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila, students will also walk out of their classes at around 3 p.m. to continue their week-long protest against new and higher miscellaneous fees approved by the PUP administration this month.
Meanwhile, the mourning for the death of Kristel and the campaign against repressive student policies has reached private universities. At 6 p.m. today, students from universities located along University Belt, including the Far Eastern University and the University of the East will converge in Mendiola for a candle-lighting protest.
“Kristel’s death has galvanized the students to act and express their growing discontent to our current education system. The spark ignited by her untimely demise has rekindled the fire of dissent in thousands of students both in public and private universities. Together, let us fight to scrap unjust tuition policies and demand justice for Kristel and for all,” Ridon said.###