Angara: Private universities free to hike tuition

May 6, 2013 10:25 pm 

BACOLOD CITY, May 5 — Team Pinoy senatorial candidate Juan Edgardo Angara said private universities can increase their tuition and other school fees as long as it is just and proper.

“Under the law, private universities are free to increase their tuition as long as they go through the correct process,” Angara said in a press conference during his campaign sortie here yesterday.

Prior to the approval of tuition fee increase, Angara said the proposal must b consulted to the affected students, parents and other stakeholders of the school.

The consultations, however, must be “extensive and genuine”, added the former chairman of the committee on higher education in the House of Representatives.

Angara said the consultations mandated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) must also cover the proposals to increase the school’s miscellaneous fees.

Angara shared his thoughts on unabated tuition hikes following the approval of the proposal of 30 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Western Visayas for fee hike in the coming academic year 2013-2014.

CHED-6 Regional Director Virginia Resurrecion said fee hike is nine percent of the institution’s regular tuition fee and is lower than the 9.48 percent hike they approved last year.

Resurrecion explained that tuition fee hike will respond to the institution’s increase in salary and other benefits of their faculty and staff.

It will also augment the institution’s budget to improve their school facilities and procurement of additional equipments like computers, among others.

Meanwhile, all the state universities and colleges including the Negros Occidental College of Agriculture will adhere to the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges' resolution on tuition moratorium. (PNA)

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