Private-school students make up majority of freshmen at UP
Only two of the new students are from public schools.
(SPOT.ph) Majority of the freshmen at the state-run University of the Philippines are from private schools, the Philippine Collegian reported on September 22. Specifically, "Nearly all or 1551 of the 1558 UP College Admission Test passers for academic year 2016 to 2017 came from private schools, according to data obtained from the Office of Admissions," the paper said.
School year 2016–2017 saw an exponential decrease in freshman enrollees at the state university as most of the expected college students are still stuck in senior high school, especially those in public schools which have no autonomy on the new K-to-12 system.
Of the 10,000 high school students who took the University of the Philippines College of Admission Test (UPCAT) on August 30, 2015, only 1,558 passed. This is a far cry from the 81,500 examiners in 2014. Of the qualifiers, two came from public schools while five came from foreign institutions. In the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines (UP), 872 of the 875 passers all came from private schools and only 497 of them opted to continue their enrollment.
Aside from this trend, data also revealed that 88% of the UP passers came from the National Capital Region, a different scenario from the days when your seatmate to the left could be from a remote village in Mindanao while the one on your right, from a tribe in the Cordilleras. It was also reported that barely 10% of the student population nationwide have been granted a full discount, making it harder to study in one of the top universities in the country, or even study at all.
“Sa balangkas ng K-12, unti-unti nitong sinusuko ang tungkulin ng gobyerno na mag-provide ng basic education bilang serbisyo at hinahayaan na ang mga private schools na lamang ang kumita mula dito…Sa ilalim ng Socialized Tuition System, sistematiko itong pumipiga ng kita mula sa mga estudyante. Kaya di nakapagtataka na maraming mga mahihirap ang pipiliin na lang na hindi tumuloy ng pagaaral sa UP dahil sa mga napakamahal na bayarin,” said University Student Council Councilor Ben Te.
The University of the Philippines prides itself on being a state-run academic institution for college students regardless of economic class. Its various campuses all over the Philippines offer relatively lower tuition and scholarships, thus the tag "Iskolar ng Bayan" for students. This has benefitted students from all walks of life for several decades.