What schools will increase tuition fees for 2012-2013?
MANILA, Philippines - This summer season, parents with children studying in private schools are again facing that period when they have to pay for their kids' school tuition fees for the coming school year.
With the recent implementation of tuition fee increase in 128 private schools in Metro Manila, do you know if your kids' school is one of them?
Here's a list of the schools that will implement tuition fee hike for school year 2012-2013:
These schools will implement tuition fee increases that range from 6 to 10 percent.
These schools can't go higher than these figures anymore, according to DepEd National Capital Regional (DepEd-NCR) Director Rizalino Rosales. "Private schools are free to increase their tuition fees. But reality dictates that they should not increase that much because they will lose students," he said.
DepEd dictates that the tuition fee increases in private schools should be allocated to the following:
- 70% on the wages of teachers and school personnel
- 20% on the improvement of facilities
- 10% on the return of investment of schools
Rosales told Rappler in a phone interview that the tuition hike of these schools is something that DepEd officials can't avoid themselves. After all, these institutions were able to comply with all the necessary requirements needed for them to have their proposed tuition fee hike approved.
Requirements needed from private schools include:
- letter of application, stating their proposed tuition fee hike
- minutes of consultation among school administrators, teachers, and parents
- financial statement of schools
- income tax return of schools
- statement of previous tuition rates and charges
"The department has tasked us (the regional directors) to look into the requirements, whether they have submitted complete documents. If their requirements are complete, then there's no obstacle for the hike," he said.
Fewer schools hiking tuition
Rosales also noted that compared to last school year, there are fewer schools that asked for tuition fee increase from DepEd this year.
Out of the total 1974 private schools in Metro Manila, 128 schools implement tuition fee hikes this year, while 136 increased their tuition fees last year.
Rizalino explained that some schools have already implemented increases last year, so they opted not to implement tuition fee hikes this year. "Private schools are also sensitive. They know that if they charge high again, they will lose students," he said. - Rappler.com