By: Elena Grace Flores
by PweDelie TV
Bongbong Marcos: How much money is needed for free tertiary education?
Bongbong Marcos gets it from his father. That education is the key to having an efficient and skillful labor force. He cannot understand why this can’t be a priority of the government. Marcos looks into how much money an administration needs when tertiary public education is free. 15 to 18 billion as per Congress’s study. This paves the way to the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. The late Ferdinand Marcos already imparts this concept to his son before the senate made the necessary steps in turning this into law. It is the official Republic Act 10931. This Philippine law institutionalizes free tuition and exemption from other fees in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities, and colleges (LUCs) in the Philippines.
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A total of 214 public higher education institutions. 103 of which are LUCs. 111 are state universities and colleges. They are now covered by Republic Act No. 10931. This is the free tuition law for the academic year 2019-2020. However, these seem not enough. They are the so-called Marcos scholars as well. Therefore, to accommodate students who cannot afford tuition fees but can’t be academic scholars as well, perhaps skill-based tertiary programs are a necessary addition. This can cost money but despite that, his estimate should not be more than 18 billion. The aim is to have English speaking and skillful workforce
To have skillful graduates, the educators must be technology-capable first. During the pandemic, most teachers have crash courses online. Some have difficulties adjusting but this is normal. Any changes are challenging. The important thing is to try to adapt to the changing world. Especially now that money is already digital. However, progress is difficult if there’s no unity, said Bongbong Marcos. Therefore, he calls people to unite for a leader to govern efficiently.