CCMC school’s ‘illegal’ tuition hike

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

THE Cebu City Medical Center’s (CCMC) College of Nursing has implemented tuition increases for the past years without an ordinance covering it and approval from the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).

The City Council learned about the matter during a public hearing they conducted yesterday on Councilor Noel Wenceslao’s proposed legislation that seeks to hike the school’s fees.

In their regular session, Councilor Sisinio Andales asked Kim Temblor, president of the school’s student body, if the tuition increase has already been implemented.

Temblor said it has been implemented for several years already.

The previous tuition at the CCMC College of Nursing was only less than P500 per unit for all levels.

Under Wenceslao’s proposed measure, the school’s tuition is to be increased to P570.24.

Upon learning that the tuition hike has been implemented, Andales said such move is “highly irregular” because it needs the council’s approval first and that of Ched.

Councilor Alvin Dizon then asked Ched if there will be sanctions imposed if a school increases its tuition without approval.

Ched 7 Chief Administrator Atty. Pacita Isugan, who also appeared before the council, said they can impose sanctions such as disallowing the increase, which means that the school will be obliged to return the increase it imposed to the students.

This is based on Ched Memorandum Order No. 3 Series of 2012.

Because of this, the council asked the school to take corrective measures by submitting a letter of intent to Ched to hike the school’s tuition.

The council said it will only approve Wenceslao’s ordinance if the school already has an approval from Ched to increase the school’s fees.

In yesterday’s public hearing, Temblor and Ramon Gillamac of the Parents-Teachers Association said they are in favor of the passage of Wenceslao’s proposed measure.

Both said this will be beneficial to the school, particularly in providing better facilities and quality education to its students.

For the past years, the CCMC College of Nursing has experienced budget deficit in its operations.

In 2012, the school earned P7,402,550 but their expenses reached P9,739,307. This means, they have a budget deficit of P2,336,747.

In 2011, the school had a budget deficit of P280,446 since they only earned P9,309,977 but spent P9,590,423.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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