THE Department of Education (DepEd) has allowed more than 1,000 private schools nationwide to increase their tuition and other school fees for school year 2015-2016.
Initial figures obtained from the DepEd on Monday showed that out of the 1,556 private schools that applied for tuition increase, 1,246 were approved. The average increase across the regions is 7.87 percent.
Region IV-A (Calabarzon) has the highest number of private schools that will impose tuition hikes with 264. It is followed by Region 3 (Central Luzon) with 257 schools and Region 7 (Central Visayas) where all 170 schools that applied were approved.
Surprisingly, only 139 out of the 171 private schools in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), which has the most number of private high schools seeking tuition hike, were approved to increase their tuition.
Meanwhile, 132 schools were allowed to increase tuition in Region 1 (Ilocos), 110 in Region 6 (Western Visayas), 70 in Region 5 (Bicol), 51 in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), and 30 in Region 12 (Soccsksargen).
All 19 schools in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), which is still recovering from the devastation wrought by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, were also allowed to hike their tuition.
No data were given for private schools in Region IV-B, Region 10, Region 11, Caraga Region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
There are 15,831 private schools nationwide.
Based on the 2010 Manual of Regulations of DepEd, 70 percent of any tuition hike should go to the upgrading of teachers’ salaries, 20 percent for the improvement of school facilities and equipment and 10 percent as return on investment of the school owners.