EDITORIAL: Increase the budget not the tuition

March 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

Graduation exercises abound this March and April and policy makers should consider how to temper increases in tuition and other school fees.

The angry faces and clenched fists of protests of students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines against the proposed hike in their tuition fees is one that is usually seen during school openings.

The students are angry and many of them may have to quit school if it pushes through.

The students threw armchairs, tables and papers down to the ground floor and set these on fire.

Are Pangasinan students capable of these acts?

Government should subsidize tertiary education in public colleges and universities.

On the other hand, we cannot deny the predicament of school officials of public colleges and universities.

Because the government does not want to spend more on education.

The government prioritizes 30 percent of its budget for debt payments.

Public colleges and universities have to contend with increased cost of school operations.

If we can allot budget for military hardware, why can we not allot more budget for public tertiary education?

We say that there will be more protests not only from public school students but also from private school students especially during the opening of classes for 2010.

Let us hope that the increases in tuition and other school fees for colleges and universities in Pangasinan will not be too high that the young who are depending on education as their way out of poverty may succeed.

Let us hope that Pangasinan students will not be induced to throw armchairs, tables and papers and set these on fire to show their protest against tuition fee hikes.

Entry filed under: Editorial.

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