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Tuition increases loom

The increase in tuition and other fees in Western Visayas schools when classes open in June appears to be unstoppable.

Commission on Higher Education Region 6 director Virginia Resurreccion confirmed Friday that many schools in Western Visayas have signified their intent to raise tuition.

Resurreccion, who had joined the launching of Central Philippines State University in Brgy. Camingawan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, said while some schools submitted the required documents, that stated their intention to increase fees, they were not yet final.

She, however, refused to identify the schools that are planning to increase their fees, although there are 38 of them in Region 6.

These include 17 in Negros Occidental, 16 in Iloilo, two each from Aklan and Antique, and one in Capiz.

Resurreccion said colleges and universities are required to submit the requirements by April 21 for validation of the CHEd.

CHEd Memorandum Order No. 3 mandates that private colleges must seek government approval even if they are increasing only their miscellaneous and other school fees, and not the tuition.

Resurreccion said the memorandum dictates that 70 percent of the increase in tuition should go to additional benefits for faculty and non teaching personnel, 20 percent for modernization of school facilities, and 10 percent for return on investments.*GPB

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