Diokno tells SUCs not to add school buildings in 2019
It’s the biggest reason why their budget was lower for next year.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno gave two reasons to explain why the budget for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), including state-owned universities and colleges (SUCs), is lower in 2019.
The first is that some scholarship and subsidy programs have been “rationalized” as the budgets were instead given for free tuition, with a P27 billion allocation.
The other reason is that Diokno wants SUCs to rethink their priorities.
“We did not allow any new construction under the 2019 budget. These schools cannot expand and allow free entry of students. Remember we want not just free education, but quality education, so let’s try to get the best of the best,” Diokno said.
“My instruction to the State Universities and Colleges is to invest in their faculty, not their buildings,” he added.
CHED will get P50.4 billion in 2019, coming from P50.5 billion this year.