After warning that authorities couldn’t afford the grant of free tuition charges, Budget Secretary Ben Diokno is once more laying spoilsport to 1000’s of “iskolar ng bayan.”
Just hours after Malacanang introduced the signing of the invoice that would offer free tuition in state universities and schools (SUCs), Diokno introduced that they must wait till subsequent faculty year, or the primary semester of educational year 2018 to 2019, before they might take pleasure in zero tuition charges.
“The law is forward looking. It cannot be applied retroactively. Hence in the immediate term we’re talking of academic year 2018-19,” he stated in an announcement.
“My immediate concern are those enrolled in the 114 SUCs. There should be no expansion in student population. The estimate has to be preceded by the number of predetermined student who are chosen, say X, on the basis of a nationwide test administered by CHED(Commission on Higher Education) . Unless we know X, we can’t give an estimate,” stated Diokno who wished the President ro veto the invoice as a result of authorities couldn’t afford the subsidies that would attain P100 billion a year.
Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra stated that Diokono may need exaggerated his estimates as a result of he assumed that the complete advantages of the free tuition invoice can be applied on the identical time.
He stated the CHED estimated that the federal government would solely want P16 billion initially to subsidize free tuition and library charges, ID charges and laboratory charges in its first year.
Diokono stated that he would take a direct hand in funding the regulation’s implementing guidelines and laws.
“Of course, there will be changes in the President’s 2018 budget which has some P16 billion in various types of scholarships,” stated Diokono.
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