The report of the Fact FindingCommittee for the case of KristelTejada cited “poor coping skills”and “cumulative stress” as trig-gers of the suicide by the UP Ma-nila freshman last March.
UP President Alredo Pascualpresented the report to the UPBoard o Regents (BOR) in itsmeeting last Thursday.Although a copy o the ull re-port is still not on the hands oBOR members, newly-appointedStudent Regent Krista Melga- jero said the apparent tone is“victim-blaming.”“Nakaka-disappoint kasi dini-discredit ‘yung katotohanan nungepekto ng repressive policies byblaming Kristel’s poor copingskills and suicidal tendencies,”Melgarejo said.Since news about the incidentbroke out, there have been eortsto change the tuition policies andthe Socialized Tuition and Finan-cial Assistance Program (STFAP).However, no concrete changeshave been made to date.“Tuition rates remain high andthe repressive policies like UPDiliman’s ineligibility system have
1961 University CodeArticle 330
No person who has not dulymatriculated may be admit-ted to classes. In exceptionalcases, the University Registrarmay, on the recommendationo the Dean or Director con-cerned, authorize the admis-sion o a visitor to a class ornot more than fve sessions.
Students who are indebted tothe student loan board, theirsureties and parents or guard-ians, shall be notifed thatsuch indebtedness must bepaid in one ull month beorethe fnal semestral examina-tions begin.
I a student ails to settle hisaccount at the time hereinprovided, the aculty membersshould either bar the delin-quent student rom taking theexam or, i they allow him totake the exam, to withold hisgrades - that is, instead.
Coping skills caused UPM suicide - report
Student body divided on STFAP anew
Three months ater thesuicide o a UP Manilareshman allegedlydue to tuition woes,campaigns on reorm-ing and scrapping theSocialized Tuition andFinancial AssistanceProgram (STFAP) haveonce again boomedwith the opening o theschool year.The Alyansa ng Mag-aaral para sa Panli-punang Katuwiran atKaunlaran (ALYANSA)pushes or 13 reormsin the implementa-tion o the said tui-tion ee scheme. Thisincludes the determi-nation o a student’sbracket according toamily consumptioninstead o income andallowing installationor late payments.UP President AlredoPascual had previ-ously proposed thosetwo reorms ollowingKristel Tejada’s suicide,but they were not ap-proved by the Board oRegents, the highestpolicy-making body othe university.The ALYANSA-proposed reormsalso include the pro-hibition o deaultbracket assignments.“ALYANSA believesthat those who can payshould pay, and thosewho cannot should besubsidized,” said ALY-ANSA’s Vice-Chairper-son or MembershipAlea Carpio.But or the StudentAlliance or the Ad-vancement o Demo-cratic Rights in UP(STAND UP), reorm-ing the STFAP wouldbring no change to thecurrent system. Thegroup instead cam-not been repealed or suspended,”she added.President Pascual said he al-ready passed a memorandumthat allows students to apply or100% tuition loan.He also ordered reviews o Arti-cles 330, 430, and 431 o the UPSystem Code, including the STFAP.There is no reason to suspendall the policies because they allhave existed even beore the inci-dent, he stated.Expressing its disappoint-ment, the Justice For Kristel (JFK)movement cited the policy state-ment o the UP Board o Regentswhich reads: “No qualifed UPstudent shall be denied accessto education due tofnancial incapacity.”“It ollows that the anti-studentprovisions o the UP Code mustbe revoked and replaced par-ticularly Articles 330, 430, and431,” JFK said in a statementreleased online.The movement continues tocall or the revoking o the currentcontents o the articles. It has alsoproposed amendments or a airand accessible education.
By JOANNA BAYANIBy CLANG ILAGAN
Unang Semestre, T.A. 2013-2014Isyu Blg. 1Hunyo 27, 2013
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A candle-lighting ceremony was held in ront o the AS stepsWednesday to commemorate the seventh year o KarenEmpeño and Sherlyn Cadapan’s disappearance. Te two UPstudents were taken by the military in 2006.Photo by Maye Cristobal
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