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CHED indecision on free tuition causes confusion in UP

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Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday urged the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to clarify its rules and regulations on free tuition policy in state colleges and universities (SUCs) and indicate whether the grant of free tuition will be full or partial subsidy.

“Malabo po ang polisiya ng CHED regarding free tuition in SUCs. Panawagan po natin na agaran nilang klaruhin ito, lalo na at tapos na ang enrollment period para sa maraming SUCs (CHED’s policy regarding free tuition in SUCs is vague. Our request is that they clarify this especially since enrollment for many SUCs is over)” Sen. Binay said in a statement.

Last April, the CHED and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a joint memorandum circular guiding the grant of free tuition to SUCs for 2017 but did not indicate whether it would be full or partial subsidy.

Binay made this call following reports that the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman would not collect tuition fees until the government makes clear its plan on free education.

She pointed out that tuition fees in UP have increased so much that it was not clear if the grant of free tuition would be able to cover it.

The senator also stressed that although the P8 billion appropriation for free college education was a great first step, there was “more work” that needed to be done to get yearly funding for the program.

Sen. Bam Aquino earlier said that the measure providing free education in SUCs, local universities and colleges (LUCs) and tech-voc schools was expected to be passed into law no later than August 5.

The ratified version of the measure has been transmitted to the Office of the President for Pres. Duterte’s approval on July 5.

Aquino explained that unless President Duterte vetoed it or signed it earlier, it would automatically lapse into law after 30 days or on August 5. (Azer N. Parrocha/PNA)

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