From a news report, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Carlito Puno disclosed that “a total of 205 academic programs and 194 schools were ordered closed for the dismal performance of their graduates in professional licensure exams.”
I’d be the last to disagree that too many establishments purporting to be schools are nothing more than what Senate Franklin Drilon has aptly described as diploma mills. Too many schools are exclusively for-profit entities more than institutions of learning. In these establishments, education is merely incidental. Definitely, private schools falling under this category has no business calling themselves schools. They should not be allowed to operate. They cheat the students, they cheat the parents and they endanger the future of this country.
Yet, I look at the list and I notice how many of these schools are state colleges and universities. These are schools where tuition fees are low because they are subsuduzed by the state. These are schools where those who cannot afford to go to ‘better’ schools enrol. These are schools that those who cannot manage the entrance exams in ‘better’ schools attend.
In short, the problem is deeper insofar as state colleges and universities go. To start with, the bulk of their students are products of public elementary and high schools. There are far too many documented studies already showing how public elementary school pupils manage to graduate despite their dismal grasp of basic subjects like reading and math. Just how much learning are these children expected to acquire in public high schools where the quality of education isn’t much better than that in the elementary schools that they graduated from? And, after high school, just how well are they expected to perform in college? Is it really any wonder that most cannot pass professional licensure exams?
Padlocking the private pretend-schools is a great move. But, rather than closing state colleges and universities, isn’t it a better idea to provide them with more realistic budgets and to regulate them strictly to ensure that they justify those budgets with the quality of education that they provide? After all, education is the primary responsibility of the state, not the private sector. It just seems so ridiculous that the Senate’s solution is to threaten CHED with a slashed budget unless it closes ‘all’ diploma mills.
At any rate, the list of ‘diploma mills’ that had been ordered closed follows.
Rizal Memorial College
Southwestern Mindanao Islamic Institute
West Bay College
Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
Aklan State University-Makato
Assumption College of Nabunturan
Cagayan Capitol College
Cagayan State University-Lal-lo
Cagayan State University-Sanchez Mira
Carlos A. Hilado Memorial State College-Bacolod
Cebu State College of Science and Technology-Lahug
Central Maguindanao Institute
Cotabato City State Polytechnic College
Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology
*** Divine World College of Urdaneta *****
Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College-Quezon City
Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial Agricultural College
Dynamic Computer Centrum-Legaspi
Eastern Samar State College-Borongan
Estanislao Kotska College
Fatima College of Camiguin
Golden Gate Colleges
Holy Infant College
Iloilo College of Business and Computer
Isabela Colleges Foundation
Isabelo B. Calingasan Memorial Institute
Jamiatu Marawi Al-Islamia Foundation
Jose Rizal Memorial State College-Dapitan
Kalinga Apayao State College (Kalinga Community College)
La Carlota City Community College
La Consolacion College-Bacolod City
La Consolation College-La Carlota City
Lanao Agricultural College Ext.-Lanao del Sur
Lyceum of Northern Luzon
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