In the News: Mob vs CHED over budget cuts, Six will Fix! Challenge to Congress

September 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm 1 comment

Breaking News/Metro

8 students shave heads to protest low education budget

By Karen Boncocan
INQUIRER.net
Posted date: September 27, 2010
 

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MANILA, Philippines—Eight students, including a young woman, on Monday shaved their heads outside Congress gates to express their opposition to the cuts to the budget of state universities and colleges (SUCs).
 
The protesting students from the Youth Against Debt of the Freedom from Debt Coalition also gave the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) a “fail” grade for not working on a higher budget for education.
 
The youth group appealed to Congress “to exercise its political will and give more to higher education,” because “these students will be…the future workforce.”
 
YAD told reporters that the government has been spending a mere six pesos per day for every student since 1987 even when the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has set the international standards on education spending at 6 percent of the country’s Gross National Product (GNP).
 
“We call on the new Congress to pass an alternative education budget bill, (with) automatic appropriations to education measured at 6 percent of our GNP to enhance accessibility to education and skills development,” said YAD.
 
The appeal to congressmen was a day before deliberations on the budget of SUCs. They asked for recognition of the youth’s “right to education,” as well as to “make education accessible to all Filipino youth.”
 
National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) president Einstein Recedes said shaving their head was meant to highlight their opposition to the shaving of the 2011 education budget.
 
This was the latest of the student rallies and demonstrations headed by the NUSP in relation to the SUC budget deliberations.
 
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  • 1. Emman Hizon  |  September 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I’m so proud of YAD! Keep it up! Unity and pluralism!

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What is the Six will Fix! campaign?

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The Six will Fix! campaign is a campaign spearheaded by the Youth Against Debt (YAD) calling for an automatic appropriation law for education pegged at 6% of the GNP as prescribed by the Delors Commission of the UNESCO.

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