I received this email from one of my yahoogroups.
UP College of Business Administration Student Council
Stand on the Tuition and Other Fees Increase
“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth”- Diogenes Laertius
One of the most significant factors of a progressive society is the education of its youth; thus, the College of Business Administration Student Council upholds the importance of quality education. The University of the Philippines is the forerunner in providing quality education to the Filipino youth. Through the past years, the university has maintained a high degree of excellence in providing quality education to its students.
However, a major problem faced by the university in providing quality education is the need for funds and resources. Though the university is in itself home to the country’s brightest, several aspects can certainly be improved – from teaching aids, classroom desks and chairs, audio-visual equipment, to on-campus security. Such improvements would undoubtedly boost the quality of education provided by the university. Today, because the government is unable to allocate sufficient funds to education, allowances for faculty compensation and other student subsidies are considerably lacking. Furthermore, due to the constant inflation of money, the real value of the tuition and other fees we pay is becoming less and less. As a result, the University is finding it even more difficult to provide the best education, given the very limited resources.
Government subsidy is evidently inadequate. Although we are a state university and being subsidized would certainly be ideal, this is clearly not the case. As students, we must be proactive in feasibly preventing the quality of our education from dwindling. Waiting passively for our education to improve would be disregarding our responsibilities as members of the University and society. Hence, the UP College of Business Administration Student Council believes that it is through the adjustments in our tuition and other fees that the quality of our education can be upheld. Increasing our tuition and other fees to its current real value will truly benefit our educational system through better equipment/ facilities and retention of our valued faculty. It is, however, important to stress that in line with this, the UP College of Business Administration strongly supports the thorough restructuring of the STFAP brackets to ensure the equitable distribution of fees, subsidies and allowances to the students. Doing so will provide a more just distribution of privileges to scholars among the various household income levels, as we believe that those who can pay more should pay more. At present, the allowances and subsidies given to less fortunate students fail to cover their basic lodging and transportation expenditures; as such, these merely serve as “tokens” to them. This is primarily due to the inflation of money. Increasing tuition and other fees will allow the university to actually give more to those who need more.
It has been around 17 years since the tuition and other fees have last been adjusted. It is a fact that the real value of our tuition fee had plummeted drastically. In the future, it may eventually come to a point that its real value would be reduced to almost zero. In that case, unless the tuition and other fees are increased, nothing will be left of the quality education that we have prized so highly all these years. Furthermore, delaying the inevitable increase will only make it more painful for future generations. If we sincerely want future iskolars ng bayan to enjoy the same or even better quality education, we must recognize the need for adjustments in our financial structure. Not increasing the tuition and other fees today would simply be postponing the solution to the very real and evident problem faced before us.
YES TO QUALITY EDUCATION!
YES TO FEE ADJUSTMENTS!