Saturday August 18, 2018

Tell it to SunStar: Free education’s first year

NOT all Filipino youth will benefit from free education because government policy pushes state universities and colleges (SUCs) to limit the slots available for enrollees. Worse, the Duterte administration does not intend to improve campus facilities so that more students can be accommodated.

In Bulacan State University, the country’s third largest SUC, only 10,000 out of the 22,000 students who took the entrance exam will be accepted. Students and their parents have trooped to student council offices to seek for help regarding admission.

Last June 4, Cagayan State University (CSU) released the result of its college admission test held simultaneously in different campuses, and only about 4,750 out of 10,523 takers will be admitted by the school. Students took to the internet their grievances against the low passing rate in the said exam.

An official of CSU said that the “tough” entrance exam is required by law.

The government’s reluctance to provide free education has led school administrators to impose stricter admission rules and reduce the number of beneficiaries of free education.

Instead of pitting students against each other over the limited number of slots, the government must ensure access to free education by as many students as possible.--Mark Vincent Lim, national spokesperson, National Union of Students in the Philippines

Too small

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 is true to its record when it decided on a P20 increase in the minimum wage of workers in Metro Cebu. It has always given us crumbs because of the conspiracy by the government representatives there.--Michael Insor