By Katrina Ventura
1,246 private schools mula kinder hanggang high school ay pinayagan ng DepEd na magtaas ng tuition fee for next school year. These 1,246 schools make up 7.87% of the total number of private schools in the country ,and are 80% of the 1,556 private schools that applied for tuition increase.
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Nasa 1.25% up to 29% ang itataas ng tuition fee.
Ayon kay DepEd Asec. Jesus Mateo, “ang malaki ang porsyentong itinaas na matrikula ay yung mga mababa ang baseline na tuition kasi naghahabol sila ng idagdag sa sahod ng teacher.”
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DepEd states that the tuition fee increase is regulated and that the schools that applied had to show that 70% ng increase ay sa sahod ng mga school personnel pupunta, 20% sa maintenance at 10% sa return on investment.
Schools also had to submit documents such as statement of tuition and fees, proposed increase, tax return from BIR and financial statements that DepEd says they inspected before they approved the school.
Nagbabala naman ang Kabataan Partylist Group at Anakbayan, na sa patuloy na pagtaas ng tuition ay tataas din ang drop-out rate.
At ayon kay Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo, ginagamit lang daw ng mga schools ang K to 12 bilang justification ng pagtataas ng matrikula.
Ito ay itinanggi ng DepEd at sinasabing kailangan daw magtaas ng matrikula para mapanatili ang kalidad ng edukasyon.
Tinitiyak din ng DepEd na pwede iapila ang pagtaas ng matrikula ng school kung mapapatunayan na hindi sumunod ang school sa requirements tulad ng pagkakaroon ng consultation with the parents and students about the tuition fee increase.
313 colleges and universities also to increase tuition and other school fees
Inaprubahan naman ng CHED ang increase in tuition and other school fees ng 313 private higher education institutions (HEIs) sa bansa for school year 2015 to 2016.
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According to CHED, sa 313 HEIs, 283 and magtataas ng tuition fee at 212 ang magtataas ng other school fees. For an average of 6.48% increase of tuition and other school fees for colleges and universities across the country.
An average increase of 6.17% or Php 29.86 per unit will be for tuition fees.
Whereas, an average increase of 6.55% or Php 135.60 will be for other school fees.
”These figures are down from last year’s P35.66 or 8.13% for tuition and P141.55 or 7.97% for other school fees,” sabi ng CHED.
Ayon din sa CHED, ang mga regions na may pinakamataas na number ng HEIs ay NCR, CALABARZON at Central Luzon.
Ang average tuition increases sa bawat region ay:
National Capital Region – P32.34 (4.52%)
Region IV-A (CALABARZON) – P37.36 (5.26%)
Region III (Central Luzon) – P35.60 (6.87%)
Ang average increases ng other school fees sa bawat region naman ay:
NCR – P34.79 (4.01%)
Region IV-A – P501.67 (5.26%)
Region III – P556.13 (6.65%)
”CHED’s approach to the issue of tuition is holistic. In the light of contending concerns and interests in society, there is need to balance access issues with sustainability of educational institutions,” ayon kay Patricia Licuanan, CHED chairperson.
Sa pag-apruba ng CHED ng increases, kinonsider nila ang; regional inflation rate; financial standing of the institution; financial capacity of the general studentry; impact of force majeure or calamities; quality track record of the school; and the mission and vision of the institution.
Naghanda din ang CHED ng 123,882 Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) slots for SY 2015-2016, na may halagang Php 1.5 billion at three times the slots that they had last year.