• ‘Spare schools from extra premiums’

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    A PRIVATE schools federation on Tuesday asked the Social Security System (SSS) to spare private schools from extra premiums, stressing that such increase would be tantamount to higher tuition and other school fees.

    “We appeal that they [SSS] do not implement the increase to private schools because that would also mean we have to increase our tuition fee to cover the extra remittance for our teachers,” Eleazardo Kasilag, president of the Federation of Associations of Private Schools and Administrators (Fapsa), said.

    Kasilag said that an increase in tuition and fees would lead to enrolment drop in private schools.

    “We cannot apply for tuition fee increase because we shall suffer in enrolment as our perennial problem in private schools. The private schools cannot join those companies who shall begin paying higher SSS premiums this month for their employees,” he added.

    Kasilag also noted that it would be unfair for private schools to pay higher premiums because it had a different school calendar unlike the usual January to December annual markings of business corporations.

    “Our calendar starts in June and ends in March, a 10-month school year. In fact, since there are no classes during April and May, most private schools do not remit to SSS during summer and SSS is aware of this,” the Fapsa head explained.

    NEIL A. ALCOBER

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