• Moratorium on tuition hike eyed

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    A two-year moratorium on tuition hike in private high schools has been proposed in the House of Representatives.

    Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian made the proposal under House Bill 5892 or the Tuition Hike Moratorium Act covering Academic Year 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018 to give parents reprieve in light of the implementation of the K-to-12 program.

    The K-to-12 program implements additional two years in high school (Grade 11 and Grade 12) and allows students to choose from five contextualized subject tracks: academic, technical-vocational livelihood, arts/design and sports.

    The strategy aims to make the senior high school graduates employable, considering that a lot of households could not afford to send their children for a college education which is getting more and more expensive each year.

    “The high cost of education has turned the right to education into a burdensome privilege for many poor and middle-class Filipino families. We should help the parents in coping with the additional expenses with this moratorium on tuition and other fee increases in private institutions,” Gatchalian said.

    “After all, the high cost of education is a key factor on why children leave school,” he added.

    Under the bill, school officials who will increase tuition will face a fine of P100,000 to P500,000 or imprisonment of not more than six years.

    Only schools that have suffered net losses will not be covered by the proposed bill.

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