Lawmakers oppose tuition fee hike

Lawmakers oppose tuition fee hike

Lawmakers today opposed the proposal to increase tuition fees by some
300 colleges and universities in Metro Manila and some provinces
saying it will be an added burden to students coming from poor
families.

Reps. Paeng Mariano (Party-list, Anakpawis) and Raymond Palatino
(Partylist, Kabataan) urged Malacañang not to allow the tuition fee
increase, as this will further weigh down the poor Filipino families
who are already suffering due to the economic crisis.

“How can poor families send their children to schools when their daily
sustenance is not even enough to buy their food?” Mariano asked.

Mariano said thousands of high school graduates will not be able to
pursue courses in college if the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
allows the tuition fee hike. “We should also expect more dropouts
because many college students can no longer afford the high tuition
fees,” he said.

Mariano asked the CHED to conduct public hearings on the proposal and
invite all the stakeholders.

“CHED should invite the representatives of student organizations,
parents and other concerned sectors of society during the dialogue,”
Mariano said.

Mariano said colleges and universities should be penalized if they are
found to have imposed excessive tuition fee increases this school
year.

Palatino said the cost of education could be higher since the CHED
doesn’t monitor miscellaneous and other fees. “Many schools charge
unnecessary and redundant fees,” he said.

“The Commission on Higher Education should deny increase in schools
with poor performance in licensure exams,” Palatino said.

“I hope President Aquino will address declining access to education
due to unabated tuition hikes. This is his first school year as
president,” Palatino added.

Palatino also urged the House of Representatives to fast track the
passage of the tuition fee rationalization bill.

Rep. Walden Bello (Party-list, Akbayan) said allowing the increase in
tuition fees is a wrong move on the part of the government.  “This
will bring an added burden to parents who are already hard up to make
their children finish college,” Bello explained.

Bello said many students from poor families may stop their schooling
and thus result in the increased number of dropouts in the country.

Reports said the 282 schools eyeing a tuition fee hike represent more
than 15 percent of the 1,792 college-level schools in the Philippines.

CHED said 69 private colleges and universities in Metro Manila are
expected to hike their tuition this coming school year, with St.
Luke’s College of Medicine eyeing a 12 percent increase.

The University of the East-College of Medicine, Ateneo de Manila
University, Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Miriam College,
Assumption College and OB Montessori will increase their tuition by
five percent while the University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle
University and UE-Manila will have increases of 3.75 percent, 3.5
percent and 4.35 percent, respectively.

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One response to this post.

  1. i salute lawmakers who are lobbying for no tuition fee increase

    Reply

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