This is a public statement from the ABAKADA-Guro Party-List which I had posted as a status several days ago. I am reposting this now as requested by sme of our readers from
Manila and Quezon City
With the authority granted to some 280 schools to increase tuition this coming school year, it’s high time to investigate the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) and other concerned government agencies.
Practically every year, colleges and universities are allowed to raise tuition for all sorts of reasons. But the public hardly gets to know these reasons and how justifiable these really are to add to the burdens of parents. Making matters worse is there are hardly any improvements in school facilities, salaries of teachers and non-teaching employees and the quality of education as a whole.
The Ched, therefore, must be asked immediately to explain its standards or basis in allowing tuition increases. It must justify why tuition must go up yearly. More importantly, the Ched must cite what it has been doing, if any, to help prevent higher tuition on keep increases to the barest minimum. For this coming school year, media reports say schools want as much as P36 more per unit. That’s P108 for a three-unit subject or more than P2,000 for a 21-unit semester or seven subjects. Considering the hard times, that’s another heavy load for the minimum wage or slightly above minimum wage earner.
The Ched is a government agency. It’s for the good and the welfare of the greater majority, and not of a chosen few. That is an unconditional, encompassing and timeless guideline that the Ched should follow. The yearly tuition increases indicate otherwise. The public has a right to know why. 30