CHED welcomes Court ruling on tuition hikes

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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision junking the petition filed by the militant youth group Kabataan party-list asking the high court to prevent private colleges and universities from increasing tuition and other school fees.

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CHED chair Patricia Licuanan, in a statement, said the Commission has welcomed the High Court ruling and enjoined all schools to abide by CHED’s latest policy on increases in tuition and other school fees or the CHED Memorandum Order 3, series of 2012 crafted with stakeholders from all sectors including party-list representative Raymond Palatino of the Kabataan.

According to Licuanan, the ruling has strengthened the Commission’s commitment to addressing the tuition hike issue, like for instance, the need to balance the public interest in keeping higher education accessible and affordable, while allowing higher education institutions reasonable room to remain financially viable and sustainable organizations, so they can continue to provide greater access to quality education.

Based on CHED data, at least 354 schools applied for increases in tuition and other school fees and complied with the CHED policy requiring the conduct of consultations and dialogues in higher education institutions intending to raise tuition and other school fees as early as the month of February prior to the academic year applied for.

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