Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III appealed to college and university administrators to lessen the entrance fee they collect from students.
According to Pimentel, the parents of students are distressed by the high entrance fees of their chosen colleges.
The senator particularly criticized the University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines since their entrance fees are not very different from other private colleges and universities.
Pimentel explained that UP and PUP collect about Php 20 million from the students taking their entrance tests.
The Senate President insisted that the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education to implement a standardized test for K-12 graduates so that they will not need to take an entrance test for each college or university.
Pimentel estimates that, each year, about 80,000 students apply for UP while 60,000 students apply for PUP.