HAU: Still no TOFI updates, plans to lend tablets to the ‘poorest of the poor’

Fifth department in line, the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) held its HAU administration consultative meeting together with the SAS – College Student Council, The Nexus, The Angelite, and USC focusing on the tuition fee hike, e-learning, and issues the college programs face.

“Rest assured you can get the answer soon…It’s up to the President. Sasabihin n’ya din sa community kung ano yung desisyon”, said Mr. Robby Tantingco, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services when asked about the CSC-SAS’s concern on the transparency of the tuition fee and the update on the Tuition and Other Fees Increase (TOFI).

The university was said to lend the ‘poorest of the poor’ students their own tablet totaling 1,000 to be returned at the end of the semester or pandemic.

“We are talking to Globe, Smart, PLDT, Converge to give students discount on payment scheme for WiFi connectivity or loads. If wala talaga, they can get the printed materials and they can bring them home and submit it when needed”, Tantingo said.

The university assured that students who have been experiencing difficulties with payment can approach the administration using the hotline or directly contact the finance office.

Laboratory classes tackled

“We don’t have virtual laboratory, even sa ibang bansa wala talaga. But we assure to give the required skills prior to their graduation or internship”, said Ms. Leslie Medina, Communication Arts Program Chairperson referring on the laboratory classes of the Communication Arts students.

With the psychology students’ laboratory fee of ₱14,862.00 last semester, the university did not assure a refund but instead a chance to complete missed topics on the syllabus considering these are present in the program’s board exam.

However, these plans are still in the works and the university is yet to finalize the resolutions presented in the consultative meeting.

This is a developing story.

The next Zoom video conference will be on May 8, 1:30PM for the School of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences (SNAMS) and 4:00PM for the College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) and on May 11, 1:30PM for the School of Education (SED).

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