1,055 more private schools hike tuition
A total of 1,055 more private schools have been allowed to increase their tuition for the coming school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) said yesterday.
This brings to 1,299 the total number of private schools that will increase tuition. Earlier this week, DepEd announced that 244 private schools were allowed to increase tuition.
DepEd said that 1,477 private elementary and secondary schools had applied for tuition increase for the coming school year. However, 178 of these applications were denied due to schools’ failure to comply with the Department’s requirements.
Of the schools that applied for tuition increase, Region VI (Western Visayas) has the highest number with 311 – all of which were approved. Region 1 (Ilocos Region) follows with all 246 applications approved; Region III with all 244 applications approved; and National Capital Region (NCR), 172. Region VII, CAR, and ARMM have yet to submit data on schools that intend to increase tuition.
The percentage in tuition increase ranges from five percent to 35 percent for the school year 2014 to 2015. Schools in Region VI, I, and X increased their tuition by 35 percent, 21 percent, and 20 percent, respectively.
DepEd said that tuition increase in private schools is pursuant to Revised Manual of Regulations for Private Schools under DepEd Order No. 88, series of 2010, and Republic Act No. 6728.
DepEd Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said that based on the guidelines of tuition increase released by DepEd, all private schools that seek tuition hike approval from the Department shall undergo “prior consultation on the proposed increase conducted with the duly organized parents’ and teachers association and faculty association.”
In school year 2013-2014, a total of 1,144 private schools, out of 1,335 applicants, increased their tuition.
Tuition increase, DepEd said, is allotted for salary of teachers (70 percent); improvement of school facilities and equipment (20 percent), and school profit or income (10 percent).
DepEd noted that for school year 2012-2013, there were 12,875 private schools nationwide –7,745 elementary schools and 5,130 secondary schools.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has yet to release the final number of colleges and universities that will increase tuition in the coming school year.
Data from CHEd released earlier showed that 353 out of 1, 683 private colleges and universities have already “submitted letters of intent to increase their tuition and other school fees (TOSF)” for 2014-2015.
The increase in tuition has prompted students groups to hold rallies in front of the CHEd office in Quezon City.