CHED: Students Activists from SUCs Could Be Excluded from Free Tuition

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced on Monday that it might exclude radical student activists from enjoying free tuition on State Colleges and Universities.

CHED’s legal team spokesperson Atty. Clara Delgado said that decision of the agency is based on a series of complaints submitted by members of trustees of eleven State Colleges and Universities since the opening of the school year 2016-17.

The complaints said most of radical student activists are abusing their powers as student government leaders, using school papers to criticize the school and government administrations, and other subversive statements and anti-government rallies.

Delgado said the decision will be finalized once CHED submit the proposal to the Congress.

Three proposals of denying student activists from enjoying free tuition from various congressmen were already submitted to congress since the Duterte administration announced the implementation of free tuition on State Colleges and Universities.

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Negros representative Aberto Ledesma on January proposed a bill that would exclude Kabataan Party List members from admitting to State Colleges and Universities. The proposal was supported by 13 other congressmen before it reached the House of Representatives awaiting deliberation.

The CHED’s announcement is the first strong statement against activists coming from Duterte Administration.

Delgado however affirmed that registered student activists will be consulted and will be given options.

Student activism has been a big problem of both private and public schools even before former President Ferdinand Marcos took office. Radical students were the major reason why the former president declared Martial Law. /Pepito Lacsi/

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