QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – As students threaten to stage more walk outs from their classes, the University of the Philippines in Diliman is preparing to implement a new policy that would penalize those who waste taxpayer money.
Sources close to the Board of Regents say that a new memo is awaiting signature. It states that students who are caught walking out of their classes will be blacklisted and will be asked to refund the government-portion of their tuition and other fees.
So, a student who is on full scholarship could be returning as much as P37,000 which represents tuition and other fees per semester.
For those on partial scholarships or beneficiaries of socialized tuition, they will be asked for a reimbursement based on the percentage of taxpayer money spent on their education.
Other U.P. campuses throughout the country are reportedly considering a similar move.