SEN. Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos has filed Senate Resolution (SR) 480 calling for a Senate probe on the reported tuition-padding among universities in Metro Manila.
Marcos made the move in response to a growing number of complaints from concerned parents and students enrolling in Metro Manila’s reputable universities over educational expenses that should no longer be applicable.
The senator explained that learning from home through online classes and modular lessons should be less costly than the face-to-face education before the coronavirus pandemic.
“A Senate investigation is in order, if the Commission on Higher Education cannot settle this controversy before classes resume in late August,” Marcos said in filing SR 480 to conduct the inquiry.
Complaints reaching Marcos’s office said that schools in the University Belt were still charging various miscellaneous fees for the use of classroom-based internet, electricity, laboratories, libraries, and medical and dental clinics.
She said it was unlikely these students would avail of school facilities since guidelines set in early June by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases have directed them to remain indoors during the community quarantine period.