Business Mirror – Marcos pushes 3-year halt in creation of new SUCs

By Mia M. Gonzalez | Business Mirror

businessMirrorA senator has proposed a three-year moratorium on the creation of new state universities and colleges (SUCs) and the conversion of existing ones to give the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) enough time to ensure these institutions are really giving quality education.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. filed Senate Bill 13, which seeks to give the Ched “reasonable time to assess, monitor and upgrade the educational system of higher education” by imposing the moratorium on the creation and conversion of SUCs.

He said the “unfortunate reality” was that “the quantity of SUCs does not guarantee quality education.”

He said SUCs have helped poorer students obtain a college education, but the “unregulated propagation” of these institutions is not matched by a corresponding budget increase.

“The existing budget for these SUCs should be directed to a select number of SUCs that are proven to produce exceptional graduates and to conduct innovative researches,” Marcos said.

The senator said until some basic questions are answered, among them, whether or not SUCs are providing quality education and are receiving enough funds to do so, the government must impose a moratorium on the creation of SUCs.

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