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Full or partial subsidy? Binay asks CHEd to clarify tuition fee policy

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Senator Nancy Binay has called on the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to clarify the rules governing the implementation of free tuition policy in state colleges and universities (SUCs).

Binay said while the CHED and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had released in April a joint memorandum circular on the grant of free tuition to SUCs for 2017, it remains “vague” whether it 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,” Binay said.

She made the call following the decision of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) not to collect tuition until the government makes clear its plan on free education.

“Sa taas po ng tuition sa UPD ngayon, hindi po klaro kung masasagot ba ng buo ng free tuition policy ang P1500 per unit cost, considering na nasa around 16,000 ang undergraduates nito,” Binay said.

“So hindi po fair ito, lalo na kung sasagutin ng buo ang cost of tuition sa ibang SUCs,” she added. Binay is strongly pushing for the continued funding of free tuition in SUCs nationwide.

She added, “Isa po sa mga sinusulong natin na maging isang ganap na realidad ang libreng edukasyon sa kolehiyo. Patuloy po ang pakikipagtulungan natin sa ating mga kasama sa Kongreso pati na sa Executive branch upang taun-taon pong mabigyan ng pondo ang libreng college education.”

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