903 private schools nationwide raise tuition

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) has approved at least 903 private schools nationwide to increase their tuition and other school fees when classes for the school year 2013-2014 start this June.

Figures obtained from the DepEd on Monday showed that 903 were approved out of the 1, 068 private schools that applied for tuition increase this year, 92 were disapproved while 70 await for approval.

The data also revealed that National Capital Region (NCR) has the highest number of private schools to implement tuition increase with 260 out of the 311 schools that applied. DepEd has 17 regional offices.

Next to NCR with the number of private schools that applied for tuition increases are Region 3 with 227 out of 289 and Region 6 where all 110 schools that applied were approved.

Meanwhile, a total of 69 schools were approved to increase tuition in Region 1, 86 in Region 4-A, 32 in Region 4-B, 63 in Region 5, 23 in Region 8, 18 in Region 12, and 15 in CAR.

DepEd NCR Director Luz Almeda earlier said the approved rate of tuition increase range from five to 10 percent.

She said that, while DepEd has no power to regulate private schools, it can “still impose sanctions on the abusive private schools” and can deny releasing of permit to operate or license which is required for all private schools.

According to the latest data from DepEd, private schools nationwide currently stood at 15, 429–10, 147 secondary schools and 5,282 elementary schools.

For this school year, enrollment in private elementary schools stood at 1, 408, 347 and 1,216, 692 in secondary schools.

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.

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