The House of Representatives will stop the order of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to close the External Studies Centers (ESC’s) of Bukidnon State University (BSU) for reasons that it will affect more than 5,000 students of the school in Misamis Oriental.
In an article from Abante.com.ph, the Lower House of Congress through its House Committee on Higher and Technical Education has previously submitted a motion to CHED suggesting to disregard its decision to end the operations of BSU’s external campuses so that it could avoid being questioned once investigations are rolled out.
According to Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Ann Hofer, Chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, the move of CHED to close the ESC’s comes in irony to its expected function to promote accessible higher education to poor students.
Hofer said that a decline of student enrollment may take place once the order is carried out.
On the other hand, CHED will be directed to coordinate with the local government and law makers to determine what means should be employed to improve the quality of education in the external campuses instead of pushing for the closing.
It can be remembered that CHED released a memorandum order closing 11 BSU-ESCs in Misamis Oriental wherein 3 ESCs are located in the first district of the province, 7 in the second district, and 1 in Cagayan de Oro City.
According to CHED, the grounds of the order is the unmet basic standard requirements of the school including the lack of classrooms, full-time personnel, library, and essential school facilities.