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DepEd allows tuition hike in 1,299 schools

At least 1,300 private schools nationwide have been allowed to increase their tuition this coming school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Friday.

From 244 announced earlier this week, the number of private schools that will increase tuition went up to 1, 299 as of May 15.

DepEd however said that this is still partial.

DepEd said that out of the 1, 477 private elementary and secondary schools that applied for tuition increase this SY, only 1, 299 have been approved while the remaining 178 have been denied due to their failure to comply with the requirements.

Of the schools that applied for tuition increase, Region VI (Western Visayas) has the highest number with 311, followed by Region 1 at 246, and Region III at 244.

Of the 17 regions, 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 were among those with highest number of percentage of tuition increase with 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.