CHED and DILG: Moratorium on setting up of new local universities and colleges (LUCs)

When local government units (LGUs) want to establish their own higher education institution (HEI), all they need is the issuance of city or municipal resolution or provincial board resolution and a college will be established in their localities.

Most of the newly established colleges don’t have their own campus. Many share buildings, library, and other facilities with existing national high school. Some classes are conducted in old and abandoned government buildings, in small partitions within local sports center. In PhilStar report, one LUC was even located atop a public market and the college president was a close relative of the top local executive.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) have noticed the practice of  local government units in setting up new local colleges and universities. CHED chairman Emmanuel Angeles said, we have to put a stop to this. We need to make sure that new schools being put up are able to give quality education.

Recently, CHED and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) finally acted.

PhilStar reports, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) forged an agreement with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for a moratorium on the establishment of new universities and colleges by local government units. CHED chairman Emmanuel Angeles said the agreement was signed with DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno to prohibit local government units from opening colleges and universities.

I commend the move of CHED and DILG. While there is a need to give the under-privileged equal access to education (as private sectarian colleges and universities are too expensive), the LGU’s must also remember that the country don’t need too many graduates. The country needs quality graduates.

The quality of college eduaction in the Philippines has still much to be desired.

Education is highly commercialized. For example, when the Nurses become in demand abroad, nursing schools sprout all over the Philippines.  We have too many nursing graduates who flunked in the licensure examinations. The reason for the rise of many nursing schools is money.

In LGU’s creation of local colleges and universities, most of the motive of government leaders are political rather than social.