CHED commissioner says rules on free tuition policy are clear

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2017 09:06 PM

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Prospero de Vera III said the rules on the government's free tuition policy are clear, disputing what University of the Philippines Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said.

Tan on Tuesday said no tuition will be collected in UP Diliman "until the government is clear about their plan."

According to De Vera, Tan's statement has no basis, as the implementing rules and regulations of the policy have already been released.

"What I was surprised with the statement of Chancellor Michael Tan is that he is saying that the policies are unclear and that the Duterte administration does not have a coherent policy on free tuition. I dispute that. I think that that statement is uncalled for, and it has no basis," he told ANC.

De Vera added that other state universities and colleges (SUCs) have already implemented the policy without any problems.

"The P8-billion allocated by the Duterte administration for free tuition has been converted to its implementing rules and regulations more than a month ago. It's being implemented in all state colleges and universities that started their semester in June and almost all these state colleges and universities are not having any problems implementing the free tuition policy," he explained.

"So I cannot understand and I do not understand the basis to say they are not collecting tuition until the government clarifies its policies on free tuition," De Vera also said.

Last June, students and youth groups camped out in UP Diliman for four days and protested in front of the Commission on Higher Education office in Quezon City to oppose the government's "flawed" free tuition policy in state colleges and universities.