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Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) commemorated the 30th anniversary of Batas 232 (BP 232), otherwise known as the Education Act of 1982, by burning an effigy of the law which serves as the Magna Carta of commodification of education in the Philippines.

Since then-president and dictator Marcos signed the law on Sept. 11, 1982, the Education Act of 1982 has been condemned by the youth group for giving schools free rein in increasing their tuition fees. Today, the LFS continues to demand the junking of what the group calls an “anti-student and anti-people” law.

“The BP232 has only succeeded in making education inaccessible to the Filipino youth since its enactment 30 years ago. Aquino is not any different from Marcos after all for allowing a law by a notorious human rights violator to continue under his term,” says LFS Vice Chairperson Joaquin Sienes.

Sienes reiterated every Filipino’s right to education as stated in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human rights. According to the youth leader, allowing private school owners to raise the price of education is basically denying the youth their right to education.

Sienes also noted how even the availability of public education is limited by the Aquino administration.

“Pursuant to the provisions in the act, Aquino’s education programs like the K to 12 and Roadmap to Higher Education Reform lead to tuition hikes and dubious miscellaneous fees in state universities and colleges, thus generating more income for the school while decreasing the number of students able to avail of education,” he explains.

Sienes called on the youth and the rest of the Filipino people to once again stage widespread strikes in condemnation of the Education Act of 1982.

“History has proven the efficacy of the mass movement when the people’s collective action toppled an oppressive rule that tramples their very own rights. As long as Aquino maintains remnants of anti-people policies in his term, we should not hesitate to join protest actions to assert our right to education and other social services,” says Sienes, alluding to the massive demonstrations that brought an end to Marcos’ Martial Law which also celebrates the 40th anniversary of its declaration on September 21.

THE EDUCATION ACT OF 1982 AND KRISTEL TEJADA

A LOT of Filipinos here in the United States were shocked with the recent suicide of 16-year old University of the Philippines student Kristel Tejada after she was forced to go on leave of absence following her failure to pay the tuition for the school year.

Although Tejada’s financial problem is not different from what thousands of other struggling students are suffering, hardly anyone here imagined that forced absences due to non-payment of tuition are rigorously implemented in a public school – that is more expected to happen in a private institution.

Tejada’s suicide was primarily blamed by the public to the bureaucratic inefficiency in U.P. It is generally believed that the tragedy could have been avoided had the university administration taken more than enough steps to see her through — after all she is a bright “iskolar ng bayan.”

I think there is basis to the prevailing idea as to what the immediate cause of Kristel’s suicide is. It has, however, barely gotten to the root of her misfortune. Her tragedy, I suppose, was brought about by a confluence of events aggravated by the unforgiving commercialization of the education system.

It is a fundamentally held belief among Filipinos that education is a ticket out of poverty and a means of empowerment. In our culture, the lack of education is seen as a sure way to failure. This is the reason why responsible parents want to see their children complete their education and every diligent student feels the pressure to succeed in school.

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