Why new law exempts 80,000 students from taking UPCAT


Posted at Jul 21 2015 11:25 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2015 07:25 AM

MANILA - More than 80,000 graduating public high school students will be exempt from taking college entrance examinations in state universities and colleges (SUCs), including the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT), Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo said Tuesday.

Romulo, who is also the chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education, said in a statement that more than 80,000 graduates from 8,000 public high schools are expected to benefit from the Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2014 on its first year of implementation.

"The scholars do not have to take the competitive entrance tests of state universities, including [...] UPCAT. All that they have to do is apply for admission, and they will be allowed in, as long as they choose the campus in their home region, and provided that the school’s quota for the Iskolar ng Bayan is still not full," Romulo said.

Romulo is author of the Iskolar ng Bayan Act 2014, which provides the top 10 graduates of every public high school with scholarships in the country’s 112 SUCs.

A transitory provision of the new law exempts all qualified scholars from taking college entrance exams in SUCs for the first six years.

Romulo, however, warned that under the law, each SUC may set a limit on the number of students to be admitted under the new program if the number of applicants eligible and applying for admission is more than five percent of the average number of first-time freshmen admitted to the SUCs during the first two academic years preceding the entry of the applicant.