According to Senator Bam Aquino on Sunday, the law granting free college education in 2018 will not cover students with failing grades.
The free tuition law, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed this month covers all Filipino students taking their first undergarduate degree in 112 state universities and colleges (SYCs) and 16 local universities and colleges (LUCs).
Aquino noted that other countries providing free tuition require beneficiaries to render at least 2 years of public service.
“Iyung pag-uusap sa deliberation, siguro naman dapat walang bagsak ang mga estudyante kasi mahalaga po na mayroong kapalit,” Aquino, one of the authors of the free tuition law, told DZMM.
(During the deliberations, we agreed that students should have no failing marks. Our intention in the Senate is that if a student failed a subject, he cannot avail of the free tuition in the following semester. Once he has passed the subject, he will qualify again for the free tuition.)
However, Senators were concerned that implementing the service program would require a huge budget that could be funneled into the P20 billion cost of providing free college education.
Aquino stated that the finer details of the free tuition law would be reflected in its implementing rules and regulation (IRR) that education and budget officials are working on.