A GROUP of Saint Theresa’s College (STC) of Cebu graduates have expressed their support for their alma mater following its voluntary decision to gradually phase out its college program effective the academic year 2020-2021.
“We are here to support whatever STC’s decision (is),” said Shamane Cabahug, president of the STC Alumnae Association (STAA).
Cabahug said the STAA Board was informed by the STC-Cebu administration and the STC-Cebu Board of Trustees (BOT) of their plan to phase out the college program last December 2019.
“I am sure, the admin and BOT thought of it several times before deciding,” she said in a text message on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.
Cabahug said STC-Cebu is the last one to close its college as its sister schools in the Philippines already closed their colleges years ago.
The Commission on Higher Education 7 confirmed that STC-Cebu no longer accepts college freshmen enrollees. The school is still obliged to cater to its remaining college students until they graduate and facilitate the students who opt to transfer to other schools.
The Commission described the decision of STC-Cebu as a loss for the local academic community as the latter’s college program is performing well.
Teresa Hilda Pinili, STC-Cebu’s assistant directress, said it has been difficult for the school to survive as only few students enrolled in their college program. She said they need a budget not only for teachers’ salaries but also for maintenance costs and other expenses of the school. (WBS)