Start Your Semester Right

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This semester opens to a lot of changes in the university. First, the academic calendar shift which makes August as the first month of school and second is the reformed Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) which now goes by the name Socialized Tuition System (STS). The latter classifies students into brackets (Bracket A students pay PHP 1,500/unit and Bracket E2 has free discount with stipend) and later sparked anger among students because of its ridiculous way of assessing their financial need. 

Again, viewing these policies on a larger scale, we can clearly see the manifestations of the state abandonment of education. This year, UP once again experienced budget cuts and in order to cope, they have increased the matriculation fees and approved the Bracket B certification which made Bracket A as the default bracket. Aside from this, the university copes by dealing with private institutions, often giving the university land grants to these institutions.

In conclusion, it is obvious that these policies will not help increase the quality of education, therefore what everyone needs — the students, faculties, and workers, alike — is the collective action in asserting for a higher state subsidy.

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