As the senate moves to pass a legislation on free tuition in State Colleges and Universities, reactions from both Duterte’s allies and critics widely differ.
Several senators on Saturday expressed optimism they can legislate free education for students in state universities and colleges and universities (SUCs) after successfully allocating an P8 billion Higher Education Support Fund in next year’s national budget.
“This is clearly an investment in the youth of our country,” said Sen. Loren Legarda. “There are pending bills that would institutionalize this so that it won’t have to be a Senate amendment every year.”
Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, one of the senators pushing for free public college education, called the development “a milestone” as he reiterated his call for the passage of a law to provide tuition-free tertiary schooling.
On the other hand, opposition senator Bam Aquino, chair of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture, said the subsidy would only “take care of about 30 to 40 percent of students’ total costs on average.”
Insiders from Liberal Party said LP is trying to get credit on Duterte’s initiative by claiming that the bills had long been submitted during the time of former Pres. Benigno Aquino III.
Although Sen. Aquino said , “this is a major reform”, he also reiterated that the Duterte Administration should also thank the previous administration for this massive change the country’s educational reform.
Should the previous administration should be given credit for Pres Duterte’s initiative? /Mark Jamili/
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