As usual, there will be an increase in tuition fees in Catholic schools in the Philippines this school year. But after being heavily criticized, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) defended the tuition fee hike, saying that it was necessary so that they will be able to follow the standards required to them by the government.
“Private schools are forced to increase tuition and other fees to ensure effective curriculum implementation and maintain the quality of student services in general,” Bishop Roberto Mallari of the CBCP Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education said in a statement, posted at CBCPNews.com, last Wednesday, May 30.
“DepEd and other quality assurance institutions require a set of standards that intend to promote student achievement and organizational effectiveness in response to the demands of ASEAN and the global work community,” he added, noting that Catholic schools cannot rely alone on the assistance provided to them by the government.
“Given the huge financial requirements in safeguarding student support services and teacher and staff development, among others, private schools often affect minimal fee increases to bridge finances. Nonetheless, parents have been consulted and were made to understand the principles and objectives of such.” Mallari explained further.
Last week, the DepEd announced that it has approved the tuition fee increase of 212 private schools in Metro Manila for the school year 2018-2019, with the increase ranging from 5% to 10%. Most of these schools come from Manila and Quezon City. Nevertheless, parents were advised to complain if the consultation did not undergo the proper process.
According to DepEd Undersecretary Tonsito Umali, the Education Department has no control over Catholic schools. Instead, it should make sure that they follow the regulation in terms of tuition fee increase. Meanwhile, the bishop emphasized that private schools still offer scholarships and other subsidy initiatives to help poor but deserving students.
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