Higher education budget cuts lamented

September 14, 2019

THE budget cut for education would cripple some state universities and colleges and technical vocational institutions, warned ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro as she assailed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for slashing the budget for education by at least P12 billion.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said for 2020, its budget was reduced to P12.412 billion.

Castro said such budget cut will affect the implementation of the Free Higher Education Law.

Under the CHED budget, the item Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education had a P7.15 billion cut.

Under the TESDA budget, the Promotion, Development and Implementation of Quality Technical Education and Skills Development Programs had a P280.49 million cut.

Castro noted that 53 SUCs had cuts in their overall budget, some having zero budget for Capital Outlay and P57.76 million was slashed from the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses in the whole SUC budget.

“These are alarming figures that does not follow the provisions of RA 10931 saying that the State shall provide adequate funding and such other mechanisms to increase the participation rate among all socioeconomic classes in tertiary education,” Castro said.

“Instead of providing adequate funding to increase participation rate among all socioeconomic classes, budget for essential items and agencies in the implementation of the law continues to be slashed,” she added.

The proposed national budget for 2020 is P4.1 trillion.