DUMAGUETE CITY – NORSU State University prospective freshmen lament that they cannot be enrolled nor avail of free tuition this coming June because old NORSU students from other provinces are occupying their slots.
NORSU Regent board member Nilo Sayson was referring to the policy on absorptive capacity, admission, and retention which is being implemented starting this school year without the knowledge of the Board of Regents governing body, that has effectively refused the enrollment of many incoming NegOr first year students including those who are poor but deserving.
What should happen is that the locals should be prioritized over those from other provinces who should go back to enroll in their own areas.
Regent Sayson noted that a lot of students from Mindanao are admitted in NORSU Negros Oriental while Negrenses had been refused because of the policy on absorptive capacity.
Sayson further said without the free tuition, a lot of scholarships from the province, from the congressional districts, from local government units, and even private institutions are still available.
The city government of Dumaguete had to rename or amend an ordinance extending scholarships to poor but deserving students because of the government’s free tuition fee program.
NORSU administration should now enroll all the qualifiers and for the BOR to solve and address the situation so as not to deprive them of their desire to go to school.
The state university will hire 100 teachers this month to address possible influx of students due to the free education.
Likewise, all the campuses have budgets for construction of additional class room. For example, the BS Criminology department, an additional three-story building is being constructed as of writing.