Finishing the course

February 28, 2019

Consider them as a case of delayed success, not total failures.

After all, they made it through the course but were simply unable to complete it.

Considering the academic points or credits already earned, they deserve a second chance to finish and obtain degrees or titles to boost their professional careers.

It's never too late to earn a college degree.

That’s the advice of reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara to over 360,000 unemployed university dropouts, as well as high school graduates but did not proceed to college, as he urged them to return to school and take advantage of the government's free tertiary education.

"Ngayon ang pinakamagandang pagkakataon para bumalik sa kolehiyo dahil libre na ang tuition sa mga pampublikong pamantasan at kolehiyo," said Angara, one of the authors of Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which guarantees free tuition and other miscellaneous fees in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

The lawmaker, who is running under the platform "Alagang Angara," encouraged these jobless college dropouts and high school graduates to enroll since they were still eligible for free higher education in 112 SUCs across the country.

"This is their chance to complete their college degrees and create a brighter future for themselves and their families," said the senator.

In 2018 there were around 2.3 million jobless Filipinos, according to the Labor Force Survey conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment, and 16 percent of this number or roughly 368,000 were college undergraduates.

Angara, who strongly believes that education is the great socioeconomic equalizer and a stepping stone to something higher, said that finishing college means being able to pursue employment opportunities that were unavailable without a degree.

"College education could ensure that all children of any class have a shot at success," he said, noting that good jobs that do exist require higher education.

For those who dropped out of college but are already working, Angara encouraged them to continue their studies and earn a degree. "We've heard a lot of stories of college dropouts who want to finish their degree to set an example for their own children. For some, it means being able to finally apply for that promotion at work."