/ 25 February 2021

A STUDENT group at the University of the East-Caloocan sought official clarification on the suspension of the processing of scholarship applications for the second semester of Academic Year 2020-2021.

Saida Manap, Central Student Council President, said that UE administrators have yet to respond to students’ appeal for a statement from the university.

“The students expressed their worry over the issue, indicating that a definitive answer to their inquiries is still much needed. We request that the administration issue an official statement as a reply to said letter so that the students may find themselves certain about the implications of such suspension,” the CSC said in a letter addressed to UE President Ester Garcia.

Early this month, Garcia released a memorandum saying that the university will first review and evaluate the scholarship grants of the students.

“Relative thereto and pending thereof, the processing of scholarship grants to all students who are qualified as candidates for scholarship for the first time this current semester shall be suspended until further notice,” the memorandum said.

Some students denounced the move and asked the administrators to exercise accountability and show compassion.

The CSC said the school should inform students when the results of the evaluation will be released.

“First-year students, in particular, aired their concerns and reiterated the question of whether the review and suspension of scholarships still apply to them to the same extent or with similar strictness,” it said.

“The students only ask for a reply addressing their questions and concerns as the matter directly concerns their future financial well-being. With utmost humility, we ask for your statement in the name of transparency,” the group said.