State U asks CHED to reconsider closure order

STO. Tomas, Davao del Norte— Bukidnon State University Sto. Tomas External Study Center (BSU-STESC) here is set to file an appeal for reconsideration before the Commission on Higher Education central office in Manila asking CHED to review its decision on the “outright” implementation of the closure order slapped against BSU-Sto. Tomas, a school official said.

Teresita A. Gatoc, Center Administrator, said yesterday that they have been preparing all the necessary documents to support their appeal which will be filed to CHED central office later this month to show cause why the immediate implementation of the “outright” closure is unwarranted. This as Gatoc viewed the closure order as a deliberate attempt to “strip” the constitutional right of the students to education.

Gatoc said that an outright or immediate closure order of the school was too harsh and implementing the closure order will eventually affect the 2, 000 students enrolled presently in the school, adding that “CHED must also take into account the situation of our students of which majority are working students whose economic status is below poverty line.”

The issue stemmed from a CHED En Banc resolution No. 507-201 where it approved and ordered all Bukidnon State University External Study Centers in Davao region to be closed after it failed to comply with the CHED provisions of CMO No. 27 s.2009 and pertinent provisions of MORPHE law.

However, Gatoc disclosed that on June 8, 2012 a monitoring visit was conducted where CHED personnel physically inspected and toured the school campus and stressed that findings were seriously acted and given appropriate actions to comply CHED’s requirements in nine areas, citing that the “administration has provided adequate facilities in some courses and constructed various physical projects to improve the school’s infrastructure facilities.”

Bernadette Eugenio, a college student, appealed that a gradual phase-out with a 3 year extension will be implemented, saying that an outright closure was too unkind since majority of the students just like her were working students who could only schooled at night time.

Student officer Chrissa Mae Andamon said that “it could have a negative impact in my ambition to pursue my college education should in case the closure order will be implemented as my family is financially constraint and could not send me to city schools.”

“If CHED will close the school, what will happen to these students? Most of the students here working as hard laborer in banana plantations and they could not afford to study in private HEIs. CHED must be compassionate in assessing the issue at hand,” college instructor Romeo D. Dugenio stressed.

Meanwhile, college instructor Ignacio Lasco has likewise appealed to CHED to consider also the adverse effect it will give to the parents of the affected students, saying that a reconsideration of its decision for gradual phase-out will give them ample time to prepare for the education of their children.

“Over the years, this school has produced enough civic leaders, technocrats, politicians and professionals engaged in various disciplines. We hope that CHED will hear the voice of the BSU community to reconsider our appeal and allow us to be of service to the Sto. Tomas town,” college teacher Ramon Lanzaderas appealed. AUREL LARABASTER


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