Earlier in July 3, the University of the Philippines' administration made an announcement regarding their overhaul of their financial aid, in the form of the Socialized Tuition System, or the STS. They made this announcement in the face of stinging criticism from students via Twitter, who expressed their discontent with the supposedly inaccurate bracket placements through the hashtag #BracketAKaNa. Now, with an article from the Philippine Collegian, the university's student publication, the students strike back and claim that the STS is not nearly as successful as the administration claims it is.
Then there are discrepancies between the contrasting claims of the Philippine Collegian and the UP Administration, putting some doubts as to who has the more reliable information. For starters, UP says that 48% of students were put in brackets A and B, while the Collegian puts it at a much higher 59%. Also, the UP Administration's statistics notably do not specify the percentage of students under each specific bracket, instead lumping all the students from brackets C-E2 under one category, which does not tell us the particular amount of students who received a full tuition and fees grant. Likewise, it does not make a side-by-side comparison between the amount of students in specific brackets from STFAP and the STS.
Whether the students are using exaggerated statistics, or the UP Administration is cherry-picking facts to make the STS look successful, we do not know for sure, but financial realities for UP students struggling to get by with their tuition payments remain. And it doesn't look like they'll get a respite soon either, because the new STS, judging from the persistent complaints and contrasting claims, is still due for a very long discussion.
Read more at The Philippine Collegian and the UP Website.