550 elementary, high schools want fee hikes

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


A TOTAL of 550 elementary and secondary private schools in Davao region have applied for an increase on tuition and other fees for school year 2014 to 2015.

However, Jenelito "Dodong" Atillo, Department of Education in Davao Region (Deped 11) spokesperson, said they have yet to issue the roster of schools with approved tuition hike since their office has not yet consolidated the complete list.

Atillo said 350 elementary school and 200 secondary schools applied for an increase ranging from five to 10 percent.

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He said most of these schools want an increase in tuition, of which 70 percent will go to the salaries and benefits of human resources (teaching and non-teaching personnel), 20 percent go to upgrading of school facilities, and 10 percent to go to the owners as return of investments.

"The decision to approve the tuition fee hike of private elementary and high schools in the region has gone through the proper consultation process," he told Sun.Star Davao Wednesday.

But Atillo refused to release the list of schools.

Last year, Deped approved the tuition and other fees increase application of 174 private elementary and secondary schools in the Davao Region for the school year 2013-2014.

Deped granted the application for increase of 71 elementary schools, 91 regular secondary schools, and 11 Sunday high schools.

Meanwhile, Atillo reminded parents to ensure that private schools where they intend to enroll their children must have a government authority -- possess a permit to operate or recognition from the Deped.

"This is all about vigilance. Schools operating without permits are just a waste of time and money. They are playing with their trust and confidence," he said.

He said most of these schools are in subdivisions or villages.

Atillo advised parents to call the Quality Assurance Division of Deped 11 before enrolling their children. The number to call is (082) 224-0751.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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