1,299 private schools get DepEd approval to hike tuition

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday has approved a total of 1,299 private schools nationwide to increase tuition fees for the coming academic year AY 2014-2015.

1,299 private schools get DepEd approval to hike tuition

The allowed increase this year for the private schools is on the range of 1.35 to 35 percent. DepEd also said that the list 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.

The Western Visayas ( Region 6) has the most number of schools increasing their fees at 311, including some that will implement a 35-percent hike. Region I is second highest with 246 while the NCR is third on the list with 172 total private schools with allowed tuition hike.

Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali assured the public that the decision to approve the tuition fee hike of private elementary and high schools in the country has gone through the proper consultation process.

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.

"'Yung mga itataas ng matrikula ay ibabalik sa paaralan o kaya po sa pagtaas ng sweldo ng kaguruan sa pampribadong paaralan," Umali said in an interview of GMA News.

There are 12,875 private elementary and secondary schools in the country. DepEd allowed 1,144 private schools to increase their fees last year.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Higher Education said 353 tertiary schools have filed petitions to increase their tuition and other fees. DepEd will announce soon if the proposal of tuition hike will be approved.

CHED also assured the public that there will be no tuition fee increase at Yolanda-hit areas.

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