MANILA, Philippines – Despite the clamor of 95 colleges and universities in the National Capital Region (NCR) for tuition hike, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) said it would reject the request if these schools fail to meet the requirements.
“The 95 requests—these are not final—we are still studying them. Anyway, the deadline for our evaluation is still in May; some of them might not be able to comply with our requirements by then,” CHEd executive director Julito Vitriolo said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer.
One of CHEd’s requirements requires schools to consult students and other concerned groups about the planned tuition hikes.
“If they cannot comply then we will have to disapprove the request,” said Vitriolo.
“The amounts requested usually become smaller after consultations,” he said.
He said that if granted, 70 percent of the incremental proceeds from the school fee increase should go to upgrading teachers and school personnel’s benefits, salaries and allowance.
The rest would go to improvements in school facilities and equipment.