CHED & profit participation in gov’t schools PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 May 2015 13:57

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!” (Psalm 103:17-18, the Holy Bible).

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IS CHED STILL COLLECTING “PROFIT” FROM POOR STUDENTS? I am reproducing here previous articles I wrote on the collection by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of what has come to be known in education circles as “profit participation” from the tuition and other fees which poor students are paying to state colleges and universities.

Despite these articles, and despite a letter I wrote much earlier to the Commission on Audit (COA), no clarification has been given to me, and no one seems interested to look into the issue—especially to answer the question, “why should CHED collect profit participation from the tuition fees of poor students when, precisely, these students are forced to study in government schools due to their poverty?”

Perhaps, this is one reason why tuition fees in government schools continue to increase year per year, making collegiate education less and less affordable to the growing majority of young Filipinos. CHED and COA have chosen to ignore these questions, but they should be made to answer soon, don’t you think so? Alright, read on:

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CHED “PROFIT PARTICIPATION” EXPLAINED: What is “profit participation”?  It means the portion of the tuition fees paid by the students of state colleges and universities, who enroll in public schools because they are usually very poor and highly marginalized, that are paid to CHED officials for no other special reason but simply because of their being CHED officials.

If CHED officials will only stop taking their “profit participation”, then the budget cuts, which are being resorted to by Malacanang to help the government deliver other basic goods and services to the rest of the citizenry, will not really matter anymore since huge amounts could be saved by public schools if CHED gives up its “profit participaton”.

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MALACANANG, CONGRESS, & COA MUST LOOK AT “PROFIT PARTICIPATION”: Again, I am repeating here my plea for Malacanang, Congress and even by the Commission on Audit, to look into reports that poor students who have no other option but to enroll in state colleges and universities (SUCs) for lack of money to go to private schools are being made “milking cows” by top officers of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and of SUCs.

Reports which we have written about here in this column for more than a year now indicate that favored officials of CHED and SUCs actually receive allowances from the SCUs which come from the poor students’ tuition and other fees as “profit participation”.

The question here, which becomes relevant as classes open again this Monday, June 6, 2011, is this: why should poor students who are forced to enroll in government schools because of poverty be made to give part of their hard-earned money to officials of CHED and SUCs?

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CHED COLLECTING “PROFIT PARTICIPATION FEE” IS APPALLING: What is really appalling to me, on the other hand, is the decision of top officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to collect “profit participation fees” from the tuition fees paid by poor and marginalized students who, because of poverty, had to enroll in state colleges and universities.

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