66 private schools hike tuition

Iloilo City, Iloilo - A total of 66 private schools across Western Visayas region have raised tuition and miscellaneous fees for elementary and secondary school levels.

This was after the Department of Education in Region 6 (DepEd-6) approved their requests for incoming academic year 2013-2014.

DepEd-6 regional director, Dr. Mildred Garay said the hike in said fees range from a minimum of five percent to a maximum of 20 percent.

Garay noted that DepEd-6 sees the validity of the schools' requests since funds are needed for raising the salaries of their teaching staff, construction or improvement of facilities and acquisition of equipment.

The 66 elementary and high schools approved were only among the thousands of private schools in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental that have filed for requests to hike their tuition and miscellaneous fees.

Meanwhile, in a bid to stop the enrolment of children in schools operating without government permits, the DepEd in Eastern Visayas said it will post a master list of schools that are with such permit.

''The master list of schools with government permit will be posted in the regional office, city and municipal halls, schools and other conspicuous places for parents to check and be guided whether their children are enrolled in a school duly permitted or recognized by the department,'' DepEd-8 regional director Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu said.

The DepEd's crackdown on learning centers that have failed to meet requirements resulted in only 265 privately-owned basic education schools in the region operating with government permits. Field officials have been instructed to step up the monitoring of any school operating without permit.

DepEd has reported that of the 265 schools with permit to operate, 142 are in Leyte; 39 in Southern Leyte; 36 in Northern Samar; 23 in Eastern Samar; 18 in Samar; and seven in Biliran.

The DepEd top official said no school with pending application was granted authority to accept enrolees. However, schools without permit were allowed to accept learners for pre-nursery and nursery education but with approval from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (With a report from the PIA)

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