Expect an increase in tuition this school year as the Department of Education (DepEd) approved the tuition hike for more than 1,200 private schools nationwide.
According to DepEd, 1,232 private elementary and high schools will have higher fees for the school year 2016 to 2017. There are a total of 12,072 private elementary and secondary schools in the country.
Most of the schools (178) with the increased tuition are in the National Capital Region, followed by Region 11 (165) and Region 3 (151).
Schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will not increase tuition for its 117 schools.
Other regions will increase tuition for the following number of private schools:
- Region IV-A (Calabarzon) - 127
- Region 1 (Ilocos) - 120
- Region 5 (Bicol) - 91
- Region 6 (Western Visayas) - 79
- Region 7 (Central Visayas) - 74
- Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) - 53
- Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) - 41
- Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) - 34
- Region IV-B (Mimaropa) - 32
- Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) - 21
- Region 9 (Zamboanga) - 18
- Region 12 (Soccsksargen) - 12
- Caraga Region - 4
DepEd's 2010 Manual of Regulations states that 70 percent of any tuition hike must be allocated for salary increase of faculty and employees. The rest can be used for student assistance, return of investment, and institutional development.
“Schools who were approved for the tuition fee hike had undergone steps to ensure that the increase is reasonable and in accordance with DepEd guidelines which states that 70 percent of the increase must go to teachers’ salaries,” education secretary Armin Luistro said. “Schools were asked to submit necessary documentation that proves consultation between the stakeholders occurred.”
Last year, 1,246 schools were allowed to increase their tuition by an average of 7.87%. There are 24 million students in the country and 12.2% are enrolled in private schools.