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CHED: No student exodus; SUCs have capacities, limits

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- With the implementation of free tuition and school fees in state colleges and universities (SUCs) in the country, some are expecting an exodus of students from private institutions to SUCs.

This is not the case as far as the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is concerned.

OIC Executive Director of Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) lawyer Carmelita Yadao-Sison told reporters in Nueva Vizcaya that SUCs are not obliged to accept all who will enroll in their schools.

“SUCs have their carrying capacities, there are limits to that. Why? Because, number one, the budget the government gives them is only so much [such as] PS [and] MOOEs,” Sison said.

Sison reiterated that Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education focuses on providing quality education aside from free higher education.

“When you create more spaces, more slots, that will mean that CHED will be monitoring you. Kaya ba? Do you have enough faculty? We have rules. For so many students, you should have so many faculty members. The faculty members should have degrees in this this this that that are vertically articulated,” Sison added.

“I know people are thinking there will [be] exodus pero it’s not going to be true ho because there is a registry that you are going to think of and there are challenges also that they have to comply with. Finally, the commission en bank are the chairs of the governing boards and so mamomonitor din naming lahat.” Sison said.

The lady lawyer believes there is no conflict between giving free higher education and limited slots, adding that this merely equalizes the opportunity between those who have and those who have not.

“As Congresswoman Anne Hofer [of Zamboanga Sibugay] says, 20% lang po yan ng ating populace [ang may kaya] so nakararami pa rin ho yung nasa middle class or lower [class]. Sa benefits ho na makukuha, nililimit lang ho naming yun sa mga nasa listahanan, the list of families who are near-poor, poor, or poorest of the poor,” Sison said.

Further, those who have the capability to fund college education may opt out their benefit of free tertiary education.

Later in a forum during the regional caravan, Sison also dispelled the notion of private colleges and institutions having a natural death as a result of the implementation of RA 10931.

The law, principally sponsored and co-authored by Senator Bam Aquino, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 2017.

The law covers free higher education, free Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET), tertiary education subsidy (TES), and national student loan program.

Cagayan Valley is CHED’s 11th stop in their nationwide information drive on the law. Northernforum.net

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