Nagmistulang silong ang mga karatula para sa isang residente ng Village C na dumalosa isang kilos-protesta na ginanap sa Quezon Hall noong Nobyembre 25. Tinutulan ng mahigit 400 pamilya na kasapisa Village C at CP Garcia Homeowners Association ang nakaambang demolisyon sa Marso o Abril 2013 para magbigaydaan sa proyektong pabahay para sa 200 pamilya ng mga empleyado ng UP.
UPLB admin bars students withunpaid loans from enrolling
UP LOS BAÑOS (UPLB) STUDENTSWITH unpaid loans were tagged asineligible to enrol this semesterater the UPLB registrar’s ocereused to allow promissorynotes in lieu o loan payments.Arguelles sent a letter to UPLBChancellor Rex Cruz on November12, requesting that UPLB studentsbe allowed to write promissorynotes or unpaid loans. Cruz,however, rejected the appeal onNovember 17, saying the amounto unpaid loans in UPLB hasDESPITE THE SPATE OF CRITICISMrom various sector o society, theHouse o Representatives passedthe Revised Basic EducationReorm Act o 2012, otherwiseknown as the K-12 Bill, withoutamendments on the third andnal reading on November 19.Implemented this year, the K-12program prescribes mandatorykindergarten and two additionalyears or basic education.Since some General EducationGE subjects in college willbe covered in the additionaltwo years, some courses, likeEngineering, may be shortened,said Commission on HigherEducation Chair Patricia Licuananin a media interview.
K to 12 and the college GE program
amounted to almost P10 millionor the last 40 years.As a result o this new policy,at least seven UPLB studentswere not able to enrol within theregistration period rom November6 to 21, said Student Regent CleveArguelles.“The UP administration boastso earning an additional P96million rom the [new] BracketB certication BBC [policy],and yet they cannot be lenientor these students? This clearlyshows that providing quality andaccessible education is no longerthe thrust o the university,”said Arguelles.The UPD administrationimplemented the BBC in Junethis year, where students areautomatically placed in BracketA and pay P1,500 per unit,unless they submit requirementsor Bracket B and pay P1,000 perunit, or apply or a lower bracketunder the Socialized Tuition andFinancial Assistance Program.“Kevin”, a UPLB Philosophysophomore who requested oranonymity, still owes the universityP9,000 rom last school yearwhen he was assigned to BracketB. Though he has been assignedto Bracket C this year, Kevinstill could not pay the loans byNovember 21 and appealed to theChancellor or late payment.The payment deadline waseventually extended untilNovember 27, and Kevin wasable to raise the necessaryunds to pay his loans onNovember 26. However, i thepayment deadline were notextended, he may have not beenable to enrol this semesterat all, he said.In UP Diliman UPD, the totalamount o unpaid tuition loansrom 2006 to 2011 is around P29million, data rom the Oce oScholarships and Student Servicesas o February 2012 show.Currently, UPD students withunpaid loans are allowed to enrolonce their promissory note hasbeen approved, but they cannotapply or a new loan until theirexisting loans have been settled.Meanwhile, those with unpaidloans or two semesters arerequired to submit an appeal tothe chancellor, explained UPDVice Chancellor or StudentAairs Maria Corazon Tan.Meanwhile, several UPMstudents who ailed to pay tuitionon time were orced to le aLeave o Absence, ater theUPM administration released amemorandum which barredstudents who ailed to meet thepayment deadline rom attendingtheir enlisted classes.The University Committeeon Scholarships and FinancialAssistance, comprising o UPsystem ocials, administrativesta, and student leaders, havenot yet set concrete plans toreorm UP’s nancial assistanceprograms as discussions are stillongoing, said Tan.“Kung ang layunin ng UP ayi-accommodate ang pinakamaramingestudyante, [h]indi dapatnagkakaroon ng policies namakapipigil sa estudyante namakapasok,” said UPLB UniversityStudent Council chair Ynik Ante,who was almost disqualied romher holding her post, because sheailed to pay her tuition on timelast school year.“Kasama dapat natin silang mgaiskolar ng bayan na manawaganng mataas na badyet para saedukasyon,” Ante added.“First o all, some Filipino aswell as History subjects shall godown to grades 11 and 12 seniorhigh school. The assumption isthat Komunikasyon or basic skillsin Filipino courses should betaught in these grades and thuswill be redundant in college. [S]tudents who nish Kom classes,whether in English or in Filipino,in college, are still, in act, notfuent in oral communication.[Neither] are they equipped inwriting academic papers. Thusor me, there should still be Komcourses in college.[Also], what will happen toour instructors, even middle andsenior proessors who will soonbe out o courses to teach? Come2016, there will be no reshmenin UP except or the transerees.There has already been a loto talk, but I have not seen anydocument or just a primer evenabout how UP intends to re-spond to the challenges o theK to 12 curricular enhancementprogram.”
- Dr. Ma. Crisanta Flores,Departamento ng Filipino at Panitika ng Pilipinas
“[D]enitely, aected ang Math11, Math 14 at Math 17 [whichcovers College Algebra andTrigonometry]. Sa ngayon, angpinag-uusapan naming [ay] hindinaman kung ano ang mangyayarisa K to 12, [kundi] kung anoang mangyayari sa large-class[curriculum, currently beingimplemented since last yearon Calculus subjects]. Baka, [bythen] hindi na kailangan itonglarge-classes.”
- Dr. Ma. Lailani Walo, GE Mathematics Program Coordi-nator, Institute of Mathematics
“[W]e will have to revise ourteacher education curriculum sothat we will be able to produce
As the irst batcho K-12 graduatesare set to enter UPin less than six years,how will the UPDiliman curriculum,particularly the GEprogram, be afectedby this curricularreorm?
the teachers who are ready toteach until Grade 12 and who areequipped to teach the reormed[or] revised curriculum orbasic education.”
- Dr. Dina Ocampo, Dean,College of Education
“Ang importante kasi saEngineering ay ang level o Mathcompetency. I the K to 12 programollows the international baccalau-reate curriculum [which includescalculus], then we’re condent that[the students] will be ready or theproessional courses.Right now, our studentsreally struggle with their Math,Physics and Chemistry. Hindipa nila masyado ma-imaginekung saan magagamit ang mgapinag-aaralan nila. With the twoadditional years, they are comingin as young adults already. Withthat age, we hope that they haveearned a little bit o maturity [on]deciding on their career path.I they are going to commit toengineering, then, hopeully, weexpect them to do better.Whether we reduce to ouryears or maintain the ve years,denitely, luluwag ang curricu-lum. We may institute morecourses relevant to the newtechnology and [include a onesemester] internship.”
- Dr. Aura Matias, Dean,College of Engineering