Malacañang has justified the approval of tuition increases to be imposed by various universities, saying the action done by the Commission on Higher Education was “lawful and reasonable”.
“According to the Commission on Higher Education, the decision on the petitions to increase tuition and school fees was made in accordance with the law and reasonable principles. They took into consideration the interests of all stakeholders – the schools, colleges and universities, teachers, employees, parents and the students,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in Filipino.
CHEd chairman Patricia Licuanan earlier announced that they have approved the application of 313 private colleges and universities for an increase in tuition and other school fees this coming school year.
The average tuition fee hike reportedly costs P29.86 per unit while the average increase for school fees was P135.60. CHEd however, did not release the list of schools whose tuition petitions were approved.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon slammed the CHEd for allowing the tuition increase, saying the agency has betrayed its mandate to ensure affordability and accessibility of education.
“Whichever way you look at these new fee hikes, we will all arrive at the same conclusion: that they are all unjustified, exorbitant, and pose a huge burden for many Filipino families come enrolment time,” Ridon said.
Coloma however said the government has extended more than P1.5 billion for 123,882 slots under its Student Financial Assistance Programs.
The program will benefit deserving students enrolled in public and private higher education institutions, he said.