The Department of Education (DepEd) has confirmed approving the tuition fee hike of 244 private elementary and high schools in Manila and Eastern Visayas. The permitted increase ranges from eight to 12 percent for the upcoming school year 2014-2015.
These 244 private schools were comprised of 172 schools from NCR, 12 from Region 2, 21 from Region 4B, 11 from Region 8, three from Region 9, 23 from Region 12, and two from Region 13. DepEd clarified, though, that this was only a partial list. They are still awaiting information from their field offices in other regions.
The number of schools who applied for a tuition fee increase this year was considerably lower than that of last year (1,144 out of 1,335 private schools), according to DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali.
Umali supposes this is so because students are opting to transfer to public schools or to other private schools which have lower tuition fees. “[The] overall trend is maaari pang bumaba ito lalo na sa NCR,” he said, in an interview with mb.com.ph. Umali also shared with philstar.com as well that some schools did not raise their tuition fees because they were worried that students would move to other schools with more affordable rates.
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70 percent of the tuition fee hike will go to teachers’ salaries, 20 percent to the development of school facilities and amenities, and 10 percent to the school’s income or profit.
As for the tertiary level, Malacañang has no qualms with the tuition fee hike of colleges and universities, as long as they follow the strict requirements imposed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Earlier, CHED announced that 353 private universities and colleges have applied for tuition fee increase for SY 2014-2015. The estimated average tuition fee hike per unit for last school year was P37.45.
• May 11, 2014. Delon Porcalla. "‘Tuition hike must follow CHED rules’" philstar.com
• May 15, 2014. Ina Hernando Malipot. “DepEd allows 244 schools to raise tuition” mb.com.ph
•May 15, 2014. Helen Flores. “DepEd approves tuition hike for 244 private schools" philstar.com