Tuition to rise in 117 Cebu private schools

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Friday, May 16, 2014

CEBU CITY -- Close to 200 private schools in Central Visayas, more than 100 of them in Cebu, got the green light to increase their tuition for the school year 2014-2015, said the Department of Education (DepEd).

Dr. Marcial Degamo, DepEd-Central Visayas Quality Assurance and Accountability Division chief, told reporters on Friday that their head office in Manila has allowed 196 private pre-school, elementary and secondary schools to increase their tuition and other school fees.

He said the increase was approved to enable an increase in the salaries of teachers and other school employees, as well as to improve school facilities.


Out of 196 private schools, 117 are based in Cebu.

Of the number, 34 private schools are situated in Cebu City; 38 are in Cebu Province; 20 are in Talisay City; eight are based in Lapu-Lapu City; seven each operate in Mandaue and Toledo City; and two each are in the cities of Bogo, Carcar and Danao.

The private schools that are implementing a tuition increase belong to 19 school divisions in Central Visayas. There are 625 registered and accredited private schools under DepEd-Central Visayas.

While majority of private schools in Central Visayas are seeking a five- to 12-percent increase in tuition, the average increase to be implemented is seven to eight percent.

Degamo said that aside from 196 private schools, there is still a possibility that the number would increase as there are some schools whose applications have yet to be approved.

The deadline for private schools to submit their applications for tuition increase was last May 15.

But Degamo revealed that some parents have called up their office to oppose a tuition increase. He advised parents to enroll their children in public schools instead, if they can’t afford to send them to private schools.

“To the parents, let me remind you that sending our children to school might entail expenses, but it is an investment in their future. You reap what you sow,” Degamo said, in Cebuano.

Before DepEd confirms a school’s application, the agency’s quality assurance division asks the school for the requirements, like proof that a consultation was held.

Once their application for a tuition increase is approved, private schools are required to post a notice of the new schedule of fees in a conspicuous place on campus. (JKV/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 17, 2014.

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