P1B pushed for gov’t schol­ar­ships at SUCs

The Freeman - - NEWS - Palaub­sanon/KBQ

Stu­dents en­rolled in pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges will con­tinue to en­joy the schol­ar­ship grants from the gov­ern­ment, said Senator Sonny An­gara.

An­gara, in a state­ment, said the Se­nate is push­ing for at least P1 bil­lion bud­get to help pri­vate school stu­dents as the gov­ern­ment only pro­vides free tu­ition to State Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges (SUCs) and lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges (LUCs) na­tion­wide.

An­gara said the amount is “not even a lot” com­pared to the tens of bil­lions of pe­sos that the SUCs and LUCs will get from the 2019 na­tional bud­get.

"I’m try­ing to con­vince my col­leagues to in­crease that fund kasi hindi na­man ma-ab­sorb ng SUCs la­hat ‘yan. It will be years be­fore we are able to ab­sorb these stu­dents,” An­gara said.

He warned of a “del­uge of stu­dents into our ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions” with the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Free Col­lege Ed­u­ca­tion Law, which he co-au­thored.

An­gara said pro­vid­ing bud­get for pri­vate schools through stu­dent schol­ar­ship pro­grams is a great way to give back to the in­sti­tu­tions that pro­vided out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tion to Filipino stu­dents at a time when the gov­ern­ment had no funds.

"When the gov­ern­ment had no funds, who raised our kids? Who pre­pared them to adult­hood? It is the pri­vate schools and uni­ver­si­ties," An­gara said.

In his spon­sor­ship speech for the bud­get of the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, An­gara said the gov­ern­ment will get to spend P46 bil­lion to im­ple­ment the Free Col­lege Ed­u­ca­tion Law in 2019, mak­ing it the big­gest bud­get for free col­lege ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try’s his­tory.

The amount is P6 bil­lion higher than this year’s bud­get of P40 bil­lion for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the free col­lege ed­u­ca­tion.

For next year’s im­ple­men­ta­tion, the Se­nate al­lo­cated P16 bil­lion for free tu­ition in SUCs and LUCs, P27 bil­lion for the Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Sub­sidy pro­gram, P2 bil­lion for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, and P1 bil­lion for stu­dent loan.

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