CEGP lashes at plans to assign students to do hard labor.
The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) chided the Aquino government for the alleged insertion of a provision in the appropriation bill that would allow administrators to assign students to do construction work in their schools to finance their education.
CEGP charged that the provision was in violation of the students' rights as they would be compelled to do manual labor to pay for their education.
After slashing the appropriations of state colleges and universities (SUCs), "the Aquino administration still had the nerve to enforce hard labor among the students compelled to pay for their education through the nose," the CEGP said.
"Instead of government nurturing the minds of the Iskolar ng Bayan, it appears bent on exploiting the youth. Apart from extorting money from the students through expensive tuition and other school fees (OSFs), it still wants to expropriate their labor-power," protested CEGP national president Marc Lino Abila.