Issue of July 9, 2017
     
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Making the government’s free tuition policy work
AIRA JOY M. VILLEGAS, La Trinidad, Benguet

When President Rodrigo Duterte was elected into office, he made sure that education will be  one of his priorities. He signed  Senate Bill 1304, which seeks to institutionalize a tuition-free policy in state-run colleges and universities in the country. Many people believed it would lessen the number of students, who cannot finish their studies because of financial constraints.

But for me, an institutionalized tuition-free policy it is not the solution to a better education.

For as long as the country’s education system is not fixed, aiming for a better education has a long way to go. We need to admit that our government is good at planning but lacks implementation. Many schools still lack buildings and teachers while the K to 12 curriculum also affects the number of students who want to enroll in universities and colleges. Even if tuition is free, students cannot enroll because their number is insufficient to meet the required number of students per class.

The government need to solve these, among other problems, first. They should finish what they have started before implementing other programs. Otherwise, everything else hangs in the balance.

I’m not against the free tuition because in the first place I’m one of the beneficiaries of this program. But I’m just worried that this program will not serve its purpose and we will only end up hoping.

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I agree with the comment on the use of the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading published in the Courier’s Week’s Mail section last week.
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:: Businessman clarifies police story
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:: Of morality and extrajudicial killings
As a Catholic student and as a citizen of this country, I surely have a lot to say about extrajudicial killings.
 

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