PSU students seek dean’s ouster

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – A student leader speaking on condition of anonymity divulged several anomalies involving officials of Pangasinan State University (PSU) notably the dean of Lingayen Campus, Dr. Merlita Q. Santos.

The unnamed source said more than 3,000 students of the Lingayen Campus signed a petition addressed to the PSU Board of Regents calling for the replacement of the current dean.

The petition said that the students don’t like Santos to be their dean because she has suppressed student organizations from being accredited, repressed the Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay scholars and oppressed students.

Other officers of the Central Student Council corroborated the principal source’s allegations saying that Santos even orally ordered the student services not to allow Sangguniang Kabataan and children of Barangay officials to enroll without paying the necessary school fees. These are entitled scholarship grants under a republic act.

“A lot of local government scholars were unable to enroll in June because of this,” said Jerome Baraquio, the CSC vice president of the university.

Santos reportedly claimed that the school is being deprived of its income from tuition and other school fees due to the said SK and Barangay scholarships.

At least three religious student organizations also remained unaccredited because of Santos.

In a separate statement, Rowell dela Cruz, the CSC president, said Santos has suppressed student practice teachers by not releasing their class cards long after they have finished their term under her.

Dela Cruz also mentioned some money-making schemes engineered by Santos namely: collecting P50 per adding/dropping out form, P20 per page for examination sheets and P350 per ticket while students from other schools are paying only P75 for a similar seminar at the same time and venue.

Santos also defied university laws by requiring students to attend make-up lasses on Sundays and holidays. Lyn V. Ramo

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