On Monday, the House of Representatives passed a bill mandating that private higher education institutions (PHEI) waive college entrance examination expenses for top-performing “underprivileged” high school students and graduates on final reading.
The lower chamber approved House Bill No. 10555, also known as the “Free College Entrance Examinations Act,” with 197 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and no abstentions.
The proposed law applies to poor graduating high school students and graduates who are in the top 10% of their graduating class.
Underprivileged students or graduates are individuals whose parents are poor or belong to the poorest of the poor, as determined by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s National Household Targeting System (DSWD).
“All PHEIs offering degree-granting programs at the undergraduate level are hereby mandated to waive college entrance examination fees to underprivileged graduating high school students and high school graduates belonging to the top 10 percent of the graduating class who are applying for college admission,” the bill states.
House passes bill giving free college entrance exam to top-performing ‘underprivileged’ students|Inquirer