More students seeking to avail free tertiary education, says CHEd

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Posted at Oct 22 2018 12:49 PM | Updated as of Oct 22 2018 01:31 PM

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MANILA - More students have applied in public colleges and universities after a law made tertiary education free this year, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) said Monday.

CHEd chairperson Prospero de Vera said they are looking into possible solutions to address the influx of applicants and to assure that the quality of education in state universities remain high.

"We required state universities not to have open admission because the law requires that they must have admission and retention policies to make sure quality education is there," he told ANC.

"The demand now is how do you provide access where the facilities are limited. One of the things we're looking at now is to go into open distance learning," De Vera added.

In the University of the Philippines alone, De Vera said the number of applicants for its 13,500 this year has increased to 180,000 from around 100,000 the previous year.

De Vera said some privates colleges, meanwhile, are complaining about low number of applicants. He said they are still looking at the data so they can effectively address these complaints.

"We are looking at the data now in what parts of the country the concern about declining enrollment is felt because in other areas, it's not felt," he said.

The Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which took effect this year, made public colleges and universities tuition-free for all students.