CHED can't force 'no pay, no exam' policy

By Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2013 05:50 PM | Updated as of May 01 2013 01:50 AM

MANILA -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) clarified reports on their supposed order to scrap the "no payment, no exam" policy for all higher education institutions (HEIs).

CHED Director for Office of Student Service Dr. Isabel Inlayo said they cannot order public and private colleges and universities to junk the no-payment no-exam policy since HEIs have independence and academic freedom to decide on the matter.

She said all they did was merely appeal to HEIs to consider the students' financial conditions when they are unable to pay for their tuition.

"Nag-aappeal ang CHED lalo na ngayon sa kahirapan ng buhay at the same time titingnan din naman ng school 'yung mga needs nila, 'yung sweldo sa faculty, 'yung kanilang pangangailangan sa facilities. So itong mga bagay na ito ay kailangan din naman bigyan ng pansin kasi maaari din naman abusuhin," she said.

Inlayo added that this appeal is not new as this was included in CHED's memorandum back in 2010.

In order to promote quality and relevant education to students in the country, CHED released Memorandum Order Number 9, which aims to enhance policies and guidelines on student affairs and services.

Student affairs services are programs concerned with academic support experiences of students to attain  holistic student development.

These include the students' welfare and development, and the institutionalization of student programs and services.

Inlayo said student affairs and services units are required in every school.

She noted, however, that not much emphasis is given to these units, which are meant to protect and provide quality education to the enrollees.

Dr. Jesus Torres, regional chairman of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) agrees with the memorandum order.

He said school officials should be more sensitive to the plight of students undergoing financial difficulties.

He added strengthening the students affairs and service unit of every school is likewise vital in order to promote quality education to students.