UP Closed to Brightest of the Poor

As I was reading my inbox in Multiply, my friend Mica posted this article in her Multiply blog. You may read the article here.

I must agree with Mica, that it is very disappointing to know that due to the tuition increase and also the new STFAP ( Socialized Tuition Fee Assistance program) the brightest of the brightest students from other regions of the Philippines could not maximize their potentials. When I was still at the University more than 2 years ago, I was able to hear from Prof. Solita Monsod the rationale as to why UP needs to increase its tuition fees. According to her, the tuition fee at that time Php 300.00 per unit has never been changed eversince. Now based on the socio-economic conditions at the time that Php 300.00 per unit has started and until last year, there has been a great change in the societal conditions. So, according to her it is the right time to increase the fees. Well, she’s coming from the economic perspective. Also, teachers need to be compensated so as to prevent being ‘pirated’ by other “more” expensive schools. She has an argument, however thinking about the current condition of UP, it is very much concentrated on avoiding “brain drain” and thus leaving the students behind because they need to pay higher tuition.

I thought that the tuition hike is effective for all levels ( meaning Master’s and Doctorate degrees), instead it’s just for bachelor’s degrees which is quite ironic because usually those taking their MA and PhDs are also working at the same time. I have a high school batchmate who is currently taking her MA in Sociology in UPD and she said that her tution is Php 500.00 per unit ( the same as the previous years). According to her, it’s just the undergraduate students who will pay the 300% increase in tuition.

UP is now the official national university as mandated by law. What’s the sense in calling it such when you do not give opportunities for unfortunate adolescents? Think about it UP officials, you spent a lot for the UP centennial activities. Where should the funds go? To the fireworks, parades, parties or should you allocate it for the poor bright students who aspire to study in UP?

Iskolar ng Bayan, paano na nga ba?

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