CHEd OKs tuition hike for 304 private universities, colleges
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Thursday said that it has approved the applications of 304 private universities and colleges to raise their tuition and other school fees for the academic year 2016 to 2017.
The average tuition hike is pegged at P43.39 per unit while other school fees were allowed to increase up to 5.41 percent or P115.58.
These figures were lower compared to what the higher education body approved last year. In 2015, CHEd approved the applications of 313 universities and colleges. The average tuition hike then was pegged at P29.86 per unit while for other school fees, the increase was at 6.55 percent or P135.60.
Last year, CHEd approved the applications of 313 universities and colleges for fee hikes.
Youth groups slammed the decision of CHEd to approve another round of tuition and other school fee increases in private higher education institutions.
In a statement, League of Filipino Students (LFS) secretary general Aries Gupit said: “With this new set of increase in tuition and other fees, CHEd exposed itself again as an institution that caters to the interests of profit-seeking capitalist-educators while betraying the youth’s right to education.”
He claimed that during the administration of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, the national average tuition rate ballooned from P30,000 to P50,000 in 2010 and from P60,000 to P100,000 in 2015.
Youth group Kabataan party-list described the tuition hikes as “unconscionable.”
“It will only deepen the financial woes of many students and their families … This new wave of tuition increases will undoubtedly force more students to stop schooling due to financial constraints,” incoming Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said. RAM/rga
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