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Cramming culture: UPCAT applicants swarm UP on deadline for submitting forms

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Thousands of graduating senior high school students in Metro Manila flocked to the University of the Philippines Diliman campus Monday (July 30), the last day of submitting requirements and application forms for the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).

A video tweeted by the Philippine Collegian, UP Diliman’s official student paper, showed several applicants trying to get inside the Registrar’s office to submit their forms.

An estimate by the UP Diliman police placed the crowd outside the building at around 10,000.

UP Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. Jose Dalisay Jr. told dzMM radio that the number of UPCAT applicants jumped from 103,000 to 167,000 for school year 2019-2020 due to the free tuition offered by the government for tertiary educational institutions.

Despite the crowd at the Diliman campus, the UP administration did not extend the deadline for submitting UPCAT application forms for students in Metro Manila private high schools.

August 3 is the cut-off for Metro Manila public schools while the submission of application forms from applicants in regional public and private schools is until August 10.