NAPC-YSS launches the first National Student Handbook

The National Anti-Poverty Commission - Youth and Students Sectoral (NAPC-YSS) Council, in partnership with the National Youth Commission, launched the first National Student Handbook that aims to educate students about their rights and welfare.The Handbook features existing guidelines from DepEd, CHED and TESDA on common instances of students' rights violation such as tuition fee hikes, the “no permit-no exam” policy, disciplinary sanctions, discrimination and basic freedoms of religion and free expression. The Anti-Hazing Law and Magna Carta of Women is also featured in the Handbook to protect students from fraternity-related violence and sexual discrimination.It also serves as a manual to students since not all of 1,636 colleges, universities and technical/vocational educational institutions in the country have a functioning student government or council that will ensure that the students’ needs are well represented.The Handbook was crafted in consultation with student representatives from different high schools, colleges and universities in the Philippines.

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