Students in the tertiary level starting this school year 2018-2019 are considered lucky of being able to enjoy the FREE TUITION LAW in the country. This means that the law will cover the tuition and fees of students officially enrolled starting June of this year in 112 State Universities and Colleges and 78 Local Colleges and Universities, including all officially registered technical-vocational education and training programs.
According to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) officer-in-charge Mr. Prospero de Vera III, there is a Php40 billion allocation just for the first year of implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or what has been known as Republic Act No. 10931.
This is a very positive move for the less fortunate families for their children to be able to grab a decent education and get a degree to elevate their family’s future and move out from poverty. However, for every benefit we can get from something, we should also expect some drawbacks it may caused.
Even in America, the argument with free education has long been arises and is still in the open platform for discussion. One disadvantage that has been mentioned in having free education is that an additional burden will be added on the general population, who are the taxpayers, to compensate every fees, facilities, and services rendered while students are studying on each of their distinctive field of study. It may sound selfish but taxpayers could somehow feel it.
Good thing the law has specified some policies with regards to the disqualification of this national grant as to avoid abuse. One cannot avail the free tuition and fees in SUCs and LUCs if:
- You already have a bachelor’s degree or a similar undergraduate degree from any public or private Higher Education Institutions.
- You failed to comply with the admission or retention policies of the SUC or LUC.
- You failed to complete your degree within a year after the period recommended by your program.
- You voluntarily opt out to enjoy the grant.
After this school year, certain considerations will surely be identified with regards to the pros and cons of this approved Republic Act. What is important is for us to focus on the positive impact it could bring to the Filipino people.
May this FREE TUITION LAW will serve as a good start to lower the number of out of school youth in the community and encourage more parents to value education for it is the only treasure they can left for their children to inherit with full assurance that nobody can grab it away from them.
Having the right education offers a life with assurance and stability. This is what the young ones should instill in their minds as our government is doing their part already.