41 Davao colleges seek tuition increase

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Friday, March 2, 2012


DAVAO CITY -- Forty-one schools, or almost half of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Davao Region petitioned for tuition increase for the school year 2012-2013, said the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).

Cesar A. Adegue IV, education supervisor of Ched-Davao, said that as of February 27, 44 percent of the 93 HEIs in the region have so far filed their respective petition to hike their school fees.

Adegue said all HEIs across the country had only until February 28 to file their petition for tuition increase before the Ched's regional offices. After that, all petitions will not be entertained.

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But Adegue said there are still chances that the schools can implement an increase for as long as they have conducted a consultation within their school before February 28.

"Katong mga wala naka himu ug consultation, dili jud 'to sila pwedi maka pa increase sa ilang (Those schools that have not conducted a consultation cannot increase their) tuition," Adegue said.

Based on the Ched Memorandum Order 13, series of 1998, along with the Education Act of 1992, all HEIs across the country cannot implement an increase without holding a consultation with various stakeholders in their level first.

The consultation must be attended by representatives from various sectors which include student council, faculty, and alumni, among others.

The final list of HEIs, whose application for tuition increase will be granted, will be released on April 1.

"Pero naa man puy ubang eskwelahan nga basig na aprobahan ang ilang application na mag increase, dili sila magpadayon na mag pataas (But there are some instances that the school's application for tuition hike has been approved by Ched, yet they opt not to implement it)," Adegue said.

Ched announced that more than 300 universities and colleges all over the country have petitioned for a tuition hike.

As of this posting Friday, the list of the HEIs that applied for tuition hike for next school year has not yet been released by Ched.

In 2011, 324 HEIs or 14.34 percent of the 2,247 colleges and universities nationwide have increased their school fees with a national increase rate average of 10.62 percent.

Based on data from Ched-National Office, at least 80 percent of HEIs across the country are privately owned.

Also last year, 31 universities and colleges in Davao Region increased their respective tuition as much as 20 percent.

In Davao City, the University of Mindanao is one of the schools that have applied for tuition hike of 9.75 percent.

Reports also have it that 20 HEIs from Davao City have petitioned for tuition hike, but Ched still has to confirm this.

Adegue said school administrations have the prerogative to the rate they are eyeing to implement for the next school year. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 03, 2012.

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