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Free tuition fees for all SUCs in the Philippines! Finally, Pilipinas!!Thank you

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The Philippines just approved free tuition. Lol bye going back to the motherland.

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But while hailing this a victory, Kabataan said the real challenge is on the schools’ implementation. While the allocation of P8-billion budget for free tuition in SUCs is a victory, the Partylist said that it should not stop there. “Immediately, student regents and student trustees in all SUC boards of regents and trustees need to immediately prepare for the implementation of a tuition-free policy,” the party-list urged. It called for student consultation summits to be conducted by the student councils and student governments, as well as the schools’ regents and trustees. “We must do everything in our power to have it implemented quickly and with a positive effect on students and the SUC community,” said Kabataan, which is pushing for the legislation of a comprehensive Free Public Education Law in Congress. " }

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‘Free tuition’ in state universities and colleges eyed for 2017

CHED says P8.3-billion additional budget will go to subsidizing tuition

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By Merlina Hernando-Malipot and MB Online

If implemented fully, tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) next year will be totally free.

Commission on Higher Education chairperson Patricia Licuanan confirmed on Friday, December 16 that an additional P8.3 billion was added to the commission’s budget for 2017 that will go solely to subsidizing the tuition of over 1.4 million students of SUCs.

“That’s purely for tuition, to purely remove tuition from the student expenses so now we they can say all SUCs will not charge tuition,” Licuanan said.

But she issued a caveat that implementation “will be a little difficult” as CHED has to find the right formula on how to divide the additional budget in the country’s 113 SUCs. “There are challenges like that but we are working on it.”

Senate minority leader Ralph Recto, who sponsored the free public tuition clause in the 2017 national budget, assured the “free tuition fund” will greatly help indigent students in rural and urban areas so they need not “shell out money for basic matriculation.”

Recto also sees no difficulty in disbursing the fund to all public universities and colleges as this will be implemented “wholesale” and not “retail spending.”

He also believes the row inside the commission should not hinder the fund disbursement.

Members of the Kabataan party-list, including Rep. Sarah Elago, hold a press conference to laud the recent announcement of P8.3 billion allotted for the tuition of all students in all state colleges and universities beginning next year. (Federico Cruz) | mb.com.ph

Members of the Kabataan party-list, including Rep. Sarah Elago, hold a press conference to laud the recent announcement of P8.3 billion allotted for the tuition of all students in all state colleges and universities beginning next year.
(Federico Cruz) | mb.com.ph

Game-changing move

In a statement, Kabataan party-list said that the Filipino youth should celebrate and embrace this “mighty development,” potentially putting the Philippines at par with countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany where state schools charge no tuition.

“This simple yet game-changing move has shattered the illusion cast by naysayers and conservatives who have long sought division and spread cowardice by saying that this is not possible,” the group said.

Netizens also largely welcomed the news of subsidized tuition.

But while hailing this a victory, Kabataan said the real challenge is on the schools’ implementation.

While the allocation of P8-billion budget for free tuition in SUCs is a victory, the Partylist said that it should not stop there.

“Immediately, student regents and student trustees in all SUC boards of regents and trustees need to immediately prepare for the implementation of a tuition-free policy,” the party-list urged.

It called for student consultation summits to be conducted by the student councils and student governments, as well as the schools’ regents and trustees.

“We must do everything in our power to have it implemented quickly and with a positive effect on students and the SUC community,” said Kabataan, which is pushing for the legislation of a comprehensive Free Public Education Law in Congress.

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  • MP

    yellow t@e
    pasoooook!!!!!

    • Kaska

      Oh no! Education cannot be free. Papasagasa ako sa MRT kung mag kaka totoo yan.
      Love,
      Autistic ex President

  • dodzcasera

    This is good news. Education is the great equalizer. This is what the Scandinavian countries are doing like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany. These countries consistently top the Human Development Index, Social Development Index, Happiness Index, etc. I have two children who are beneficiaries of a free college education in Finland -even if they are not Finnish! This country will progress fast because of this.. Thank God.