UP Student Regent: Licuanan trying to stop free tuition grants with anti-poor remark
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) slammed by the UP Office of the Student Regent (OSR) for saying the free tuition policy in state universities and colleges this year will not benefit the poor.
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Student Regent Raoul Danniel Manuel criticized CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and said that her remarks is an attempt to stop free tuition at worst.”
“The recent pronouncement of CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan that free education would benefit rich students rather than the poor ones is a rejection of reality at best and an attempt to stop free tuition at worst,” he said.
In an interview to Licuanan by Winnie Monsod, she said that rich people will have more benifit compare to the poor from the P8.3 billion budget allocated for the free tuition in SUCs since only 8 percent of the poor are enrolled in higher education institutions.
Manuel blamed the government for the low enrollment of poor students in SUCs due to the K-12 program which he said an additional costs to the parents for their children's education.
“Moreover, deregulation of fees and privatization in state universities and colleges has commercialized public higher education, robbing the Filipino youth of access to this fundamental right,” Manuel said.
UP Student Regent: Licuanan trying to stop free tuition grants with anti-poor remark Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on January 22, 2017 Rating: