By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY– The city government here is asking Baguio-based schools, universities, colleges and training centers to grant tuition fee discounts to all their students who have been affected by the implementation of the extended Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
In a resolution, the City Council has requested the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to issue the appeal for tuition fee discounts on schools which are under their supervision.
The council noted that the ECQ has not only disrupted classes in all levels, but has also affected the livelihood and income of parents and guardians of students, thus, significantly affecting their capacity to pay the school fees.
While the city government acknowledged that universities, colleges and other training centers were also not spared from the negative impact of ECQ, the resolution pointed out that their stability as established institutions was a huge advantage in assuring that they could recover from the economic and health crisis faster than the students and their families could.
It is not yet known when classes will resume in areas where ECQ was enforced, although initial reports said these could start this August.