Law students from the University of the Philippines (UP) are calling for the suspension of the collection of tuition and other school fees in UP for the upcoming academic year.
The Order of the Purple Feather (OPF), the UP College of Law’s official honor society, sent a letter to UP President Danilo Concepcion on August 26 requesting the moratorium amid the coronavirus pandemic. While most students enrolled in public higher education institutions (HEIs) are now exempted from paying tuition and other school fees, law students of state-run HEIs do not enjoy such benefits.
“This will allow us to adapt to the remote learning setup and help our families to prepare for possible health and other contingencies,” the OPF wrote in its letter to Concepcion.
“By speaking out, we want to show that the collection of school fees during the pandemic, when most people are trying their best to make ends meet, is a very serious matter,” it added.
According to the OPF, possible savings in utility expenses may be used to cover the moratorium.