Full or partial subsidy: CHED needs to clarify free tuition policy

MANILA-- A senator 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 press statement.

In 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 will be full or partial subsidy.

Binay made this call following reports that the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman will 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 is no longer clear if the grant of free tuition would be able to cover it.

The senator also stressed that although the PHP 8-billion appropriation for free college education is a great first step, there is more work that needs to be done to get yearly funding for the program.

She, meanwhile, vowed to continuously work for the realization of free tertiary education.

Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV earlier said that the measure providing free education in SUCs, local universities and colleges (LUCs) and tech-voc schools is expected to be passed into law on August 5 or earlier.

At present, 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 vetoes it or signs it earlier, it will automatically lapse into law after 30 days or on August 5.

Source: Philippines News Agency