List of schools seeking tuition increase to be out soon

THE Commission on Higher Education (Ched) said Tuesday that it will release within the next two weeks the final list of colleges and universities that will hike their tuition in the coming academic year.

Abie Lesaca, Ched communications officer, said they are now collating reports from their regional offices on the number of schools that will implement a tuition increase in June.

The commission has set April 1 as deadline for schools to submit their proposals to their regional offices after they have initiated consultations with the students to inform them of any planned increase.

Earlier, Ched Chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan said more than 300 private universities nationwide have informed the commission of their plan to hike tuition, though she appealed to school owners to be judicious in raising their fees considering the current economic condition.

Last year, 324 private universities out of the 2,247 public and private institutions nationwide have hiked their fees with an average increase of P36.93 per unit.

Under current regulations, 70 percent of any increase in tuition should go to the upgrading of the salaries of faculty members, 20 percent for the acquisition of equipment and 10 percent for return on investment.

Data showed that for the last 10 years, the highest recorded national average of tuition increase was 11.6 percent in academic year 2005-2006 when the national inflation rate stood at 7.6 percent. The lowest increase was recorded in 2009 at 8.4 percent or P45.69 per unit.

Several student and youth groups, such as the National Union of Students of the Philippines, Kabataan and Anakbayan, have asked the Ched to investigate reports and punish those who violate the current tuition consultation guidelines.

For its part, the Department of Education said 70 private elementary and secondary schools in Metro Manila are also expected to hike tuition in June with the increase ranging from five to as high as 15 percent.

Of these, 27 are elementary schools, 26 secondary schools, 16 pre-schools and one special education school.

The department said it is also collating reports from its regional offices on the number of schools in the areas raising their fees. (AH/Sunnex)

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