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Duterte vows poor-friendly education system

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MANILA — PDP-LABAN standard bearer and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte vowed to expand make the country's educational system more friendly to the poor once elected as president in the May elections.


Duterte proposed to do this by providing free education until high school and expanding subsidies and scholarship grants to college students.


“Are we not angry that education costs too much for almost half our population? Do we just allow tuition fees and other charges to rise?” Duterte asked.


He also said the real solution is not to rely on available scholarships alone, but to remove the unjust and oppressive price of education through state subsidies or programs to lower costs such as investments in solar power to reduce electricity costs.


He also called upon the Commission on Higher Education to continuously study how costs can be lowered rather than justifying increases in tuition fees.


The PDP-LABAN bet made this statement after learning of the untimely demise of Jessive Lagatic a fourth year student at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, who allegedly committed suicide last Feb. 11, after losing his scholarship


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