Death of UP student a wake-up call to SUCs–Angara

March 19, 2013 11:38 pm 

LEGAZPI CITY, March 19 — The tragic death of a University of the Philippines-Manila student due to her inability to pay tuition should serve as a wake-up call, Aurora Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said Tuesday.

“What happened to Kristel Pilar Mariz Tejada should not happen again,” Angara said.

He asked administrators of state universities and colleges to bring in reforms “so that similar incident such as this would not happen in the future.”

“College education should be within reach, not out of reach of those with the commitment to getting it,” said Angara, referring to the alleged suicide of Tejada due to lack of money to pay tuition.

Angara, a Team PNoy senatorial candidate, flew in Tuesday to hold dialogues and consultations with several student organizations here.

Angara proposed three policy reforms to help the poor get college education without the heavy burden of where to source money to pay for tuition.

These are using the CCT or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to fund one college scholarship from each deserving poor family–a “one college scholar per poor family program,” expanding the study-now-pay-later program of the government, and allowing students to take exams through promissory notes.

Angara first filed the expanded study-now-pay-later bill in 2010 and re-filed it in the 15th Congress.

Five years ago, he sought to liberalize the policy on taking college exams based on the commitment to pay later through promissory notes.

What can be done right now, Angara said, is to reformat the cash grants under the education component of the Conditional Cash Transfer, or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Angara has a pending draft law in Congress on the second option, which seeks the implementation of an expanded study-now-pay-later program with a broader reach and reasonable terms.

The third can be done via legislation, or executed by schools themselves.

Angara, chair of the House committee on higher and technical education, said education is not only the priority of government under the Constitution but also the most cost-efficient investment of the state in its citizens.

“We do not need another death to convey the primacy of educational investment,” he said.(PNA)



2 Responses to “Death of UP student a wake-up call to SUCs–Angara”

  1. KyrieVirgen203 on March 20th, 2013 4:39 am

    sana nga mapagtuunan ito ng pansin para naman sa mga Estudyante ng State Universities tulad ko.. ang hirap kasi lalo na sa sitwasyon ko working student.. Salamat naman at may concern na tulad ni sir sonny..

  2. risa PaBlo on March 20th, 2013 4:44 am

    I hope these programs should be implemented. para naman di nA maUlit ang ngyari kay kristeL.. so we Need reforms tlga..