QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Over 200 private universities and colleges in the National Capital Region (NCR) applied for the 11% to 12% tuition increase at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
But according to CHED Officer-in-Charge Prospero De Vera III, the petition is still under study by the Commission.
De Vera said the universities and colleges argued that such tuition hike will help them support the increasing cost of operating expenses and salary appraisal for teachers. Also, professors in private schools opt to resign and shift to public schools because of a higher salary.
Meanwhile, CHED is positive that more than one million students will benefit from the free college education program offered by the government this school year 2018 to 2019.
The government has funded the said free college education program with P16 billion. However, CHED is planning to ask for additional P12 billion budget from Congress for the program to accommodate more deserving students for the next school year. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo
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