How to protest tuition fee hike: destroy school property, justify increase

Raise high the red banner of militancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines! Onward the proletariat! Or whatever.

Christ Jesus, PUP student leaders, doesn’t wrecking school equipment sort of, I don’t know, suddenly justify the tuition fee increase you guys are protesting?

Sort of like shooting yourself in the foot there, guys.

And then, of course, next year, there’ll be protests against the lack of desks and chairs because of the state’s abandonment of its responsibility to provide quality education. Which is probably true, but you won’t have chairs chiefly because you guys broke them. The 1,700-percent tuition fee increase from 12 pesos per unit to 200 pesos per unit won’t even buy one desk, I’m thinking. So, onward, onward. I guess.

Photo by Kabataan Partylist

To rebel is justified...somehow

One student leader, to show his solidarity with the students, has this to say:

“Actually, I have final exams today. But I was thinking, ‘what if next year I can’t take finals anymore because the tuition fee is so high?’ So we decided to protest instead.”

News flash for you, scholar: if, for some reason, you aren’t able to take your exams next year, that could be because you failed your finals this year by, I don’t know, not taking them.  A-plus.

(Thanks, mouse)

30 Comments

  1. Instructor ako sa PUP, dati ring estudyante dun. Yung mga tinapon nilang gamit, mga sira na talaga. Ewn, nakakapaginit lang talaga ng dugo ang TFI, hind mo ata kasi naranasang mangamba kung makakapagenroll kapa next sem dahil wala kang mapbayad. By the way, wag mong sabihing isa ako sa mga naghagis ng upuan. Bugso yan ng damdamin, libre akong nagaral ng college, yung iba hindi so they have to move before its late.

  2. John: Naranasan ko na rin yan. Tumutol din ako sa TFI noon, sumama sa mob, etcetera.

    Hindi ko sinasabi na walang karapatan mag protesta ang mga estudyante, o na hindi dapat tustusan ng pamahalaan ang edukasyon.

    Ngunit hindi rin nakakatulong sa inyo/kanila ang magtapon at manunog ng gamit (sira man, hindi iyon sa kanila.)

    Nariyan na at kailangan maihayag ang damdamin ng mga estudyante laban sa TFI (at hindi ko alam kung lahat ng taga-PUP ay ganun ang saloobin), pero sa huli, ano ang nagawa nun? Ano ang epekto nun sa administrasyon ng PUP at sa kung anumang pakikipag-usap na magaganap?

    Humanap ba sila ng paraan para tumutol sa TFI na hindi hahantong sa pagsunog ng gamit?

  3. my mom is only an all-around “katulong”… and for me, tuition fee hike is ok. Why do we need to protest if we do not try it first. If you see that there is no improvement, i volunteer myself to lead the protest.. but for now, let’s give them a chance to push through their plans…. Some students of PUP pissed me off for what they have done in the chairs and to our school… Please… stop… In addition to that, we are the only state university in the philippines who didn”t have an increase for almost a decade…. we have a saying “Hindi kasalanan ang maging mahirap, pero ang mamatay ng mahirap, kasalanan” don’t blame the government for what is happening to your life… before you protest, check yourself first…. God Bless You All…..

  4. 1T, karamihan ng mga nagaaral sa PUP eh apathetic.Yung dati naming dean sa Humanities, si Prof. Amoguis,naghihikayat yan sa mga students na makibaka, take to the streets and voice out your protests.Kaunti lang nakinig sakanya.Kasi tol sa sobrang hirap ng buhay ngayon,nawawala na(o tuluyan ng nawala)yung idealism sa skul.karamihan ng pumapasok dun eh no choice(kasi super mura ng tuition).Gusto mag college para makakuha ng magandang trabaho after graduation.(callcenter agent)

    Tagal na pati plano ng administration ni Dante Guevara na itaas ang tuition fee, kasi nga ayaw ng i-shoulder ng government ang expenses ng skul.If im correct, dapat tataas na yan nung 2008 pa lamang kung hindi dahil sa mga kilos protesta at dialouges with the student body.

    “Humanap ba sila ng paraan para tumutol sa TFI na hindi hahantong sa pagsunog ng gamit?”

    =1T, may iba pang paraan.Mamundok ka.”mangamote” ika nga.Wala na kasing ibang paraan para makuha ang atensyon ng mga kinauukulan.Im not saying na tama yung ginawa nila, mali talaga yun.

    you guys should check this out – http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/top-stories/5776-palace-to-ched-order-pup-to-defer-tuition-hike.html

    @PUPstudent

    -kapatid, naitanong mo na ba sa nanay mo na nagbabayad ng tuition mo kung ok lang sakanya yang increase na ganyan kalaki?

  5. Sorry for double-posting, just want to get this fact out.

    Before:
    P12 per unit x 18 units = P216

    After:
    P200 per unit x 18 units = P3,600

    Both might seem low to some, might seem a 2,000% increase to others. The effect is really in the eyes (and wallet) of the beholder.

  6. I am an alumnus of PUP and I am proud to graduate in the said university despite of being a daughter of a plumber and a housewife. I was able to have my degree because of the low tuition fee that PUP offers. Now, I have a good job and I am thankful to my older brothers and sisters who have fought against tuition fee increase before I came. That is the reason why I joined the rally in 2008 when Dr. Guevarra’s administration tried to increase the tuition fees from Php12/unit to Php75/unit, so that my younger sisters and brothers will also benefit from PUP’s quality education. Making it Php200/unit is even worse.

    Some people are not aware what kind of students PUP has, but definitely, they are very poor but deserving students who believe that education will help them to have a better life. Let us not take the poor Filipinos’ hope to improve their lives. Letting tuition fee increase will only make the poor poorer.

  7. Bago ginawa ng mga estudyante yan, tinangka nila makipag-usap sa admin. Hindi agad sumipot ang admin sa dayalogo kaya humantong sa pagsusunog ng gamit. Ang mga itinapong upuan at mga iba pang kagamitan, ay puro sira at hindi napapakinabangan kundi pampasikip lamang sa mainit na silid-aralan. Kung hindi ginawa ng mga mag-aaral ng PUP yan, siguradong hindi sila papansinin ng media, at ng CHED. Ngayon, in a way, kinakatigan ng CHED ang mga estudyante dahil hindi nga makatarungan ang ginagawa ng administrasyon ni Dr. Guevarra. Nangyayari yan, dahil may media, at nakikita nilang galit ang mga mag-aaral sa planong TFI.

    Maaaring ilan sa inyo ay hindi pa nga nakikita kung anong klaseng mag-aaral meron ang PUP. Sila ay mga anak ng magsasaka, mangingisda at manggagawa na kumikita ng hindi sapat para sa buong pamilya. Ngunit ang mga mag-aaral na ito ay may mga pangarap upang magkaroon ng mabuting buhay pagkatapos ng kolehiyo. Ako ay isa sa kanila, at ngayon, maayos na rin ang aking trabaho. Ngunit ilan pa bang kabataang Pilipino ang hirap makapag-aral? Magkaroon naman kayo ng konsiderasyon. Bigyan sila ng pagkakataon…tutulan ang tuition fee increase!!!

  8. @FreeSince09:
    You may be right there.

    Riddle me this, though: How do you propose PUP should get more money to keep running? Seems like a budget issue to me, and the school administration doesn’t set that, Congress does.

  9. @onetamad:
    That’s also the problem that UP faced (and probably is still facing), budget problems for labs and other stuff. It really makes me wonder how they can force the Congress to bring back the old (higher) budget given to state universities (specially if most of our congressmen happen to be assholes)

  10. @onetamad:
    TOFI will always be knocking on the door unless another source of budget comes up. (with the likelihood of the Congress increasing the budget similar to that of hitting a bee with a pellet gun while falling from a treetop and getting hit by the branches as you fall)

  11. the end does not justify the means..tsktsktsk..
    sirs, you can’t just go around destroying school property whenever you feel like doing so… i hope nobody got hurt…

    so, now that the tuition fee increase issue is settled, i hope the students responsible for burning those chairs get reprimanded…

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