903 Private Schools Set to Increase Tuition Fees

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903 Private Schools Set to Increase Tuition Fees


A total of 903 private schools nationwide were approved by the Department of Education (DepEd) to increase their tuition when classes for the school year 2013-2014 start this June. According to the data officially released by DepEd, out of the 1,068 private schools that applied for tuition increase this year, 903 were approved, 92 were disapproved and 70 are still pending for approval. In the 17 regions, those in the National Capital Region (NCR) have the highest number of private schools to implement tuition increase with 260 out of the 311 schools that applied. This is followed by Region III with 227 out of 289 and Region VI where all 110 schools that applied were approved. Meanwhile, a total of 69 schools were approved to increase tuition in Region I, 86 in Region IV-A, 32 in Region IV-B, 63 in Region V, 23 in Region VIII, 18 in Region XII, and 15 in CAR. Earlier, DepEd NCR Director Luz Almeda said that the approved rate of tuition increase range from five to 10 percent. While DepEd has no power to regulate private schools, she said that it can "still impose sanctions on the abusive private schools" and can deny releasing of permit to operate or license which is required for all private schools. Currently, there are 15, 429 private schools nationwide-10, 147 secondary schools and 5,282 elementary schools. In school year 2012-2013, enrollment in private elementary schools stood at 1, 408, 347 and 1,216, 692 in secondary schools. Increase in tuition, DepEd said, is allotted for salary of teachers (70 percent); improvement of school facilities and equipment (20%) and school profit or income (10%). Meanwhile, youth groups Kabataan Partylist and the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) slammed DepEd anew saying that DepEd's approval of tuition hikes "would further aggravate the situation of basic education in the country. …

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