Budget cuts will worsen learning crisis – student group

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) — The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) student council expressed concern that a reduction in the budget of several state universities and colleges (SUCs) will contribute to the learning crisis faced by education stakeholders.

PUP student council president Kim Modelo said the budget cuts will impact the quality of education as these tertiary education institutions struggle with lack of resources.

“Giba po yung north wing ng PUP, so with that iilan lang yung classrooms na nagagamit. May nagagamit na classroom pero kulang kulang yung mga equipment, may mga upuan pero sira-sira. May mga electric fan na hindi gumagana. Yung laboratories, iyong mga estudyante sa College of Computer and Information Sciences ay nagsasalitan, naghihintayan pa para makagamit ng laboratories,” Modelo told CNN Philippines on Monday.

[Translation: The north wing of PUP is destroyed, so with that, there are only a few classrooms being used. Some classrooms are usable, but equipment is lacking, there are chairs but these are broken. Electric fans are not working. The laboratories, the students from the College of Computer and Information Sciences use it in shifts, they have to wait before they can use the laboratories.]

According to Kabataan Partylist, officials from 36 SUCs, including PUP, have appealed to Congress for the restoration of over ₱6 billion slashed from their budgets for next year.

Modelo said the school is still carrying out blended learning because of lack of facilities and equipment.

Students are pushing for full face-to-face classes as they find it more conducive to learning.

“Talagang mas gusto natin ang full face-to-face para din mas mabilis yung flow ng discussion. Talagang mas maintindihan ng estudyante iyong mga pinag-aaralan at makamit ang tunay na kalidad na edukasyon,” Modelo said.

[Translation: We would really prefer full face-to-face classes as this would mean a faster flow of discussion. Students would really understand the lessons and get quality education.]

CNN Philippines is awaiting response to its request for comment from the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Budget and Management.