Bongbong, Sara urge CHED to defer tuition hike

Published January 12, 2022, 10:38 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The alliance of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio has urged the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to defer the tuition fee increase that it recently approved for 56 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) amid crisis brought by COVID-19.

Marcos Jr. and Duterte-Carpio’s UniTeam alliance on Wednesday, Jan. 12 appealed for the suspension of the said tuition increase for academic year 2021 to 2022 as they said it would leave a negative impact on the financial situation of Filipino families.

“We are appealing to CHED to consider suspending the scheduled increase. There are still a lot of families struggling even at this juncture of the pandemic,” the alliance said.

“Allowing the hike in tuition and miscellaneous fees will be an added burden on families whose finances have not yet fully recovered. This may even lead them to stop sending their kids to school altogether,” it added.

The alliance made its call after CHED issued a memorandum dated December 6, 2021, statingthat 56 private HEIs were given a green light to increase their tuition and other school fees, among other things.

CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III said the approval for the increase was in line with CHED’s guidelines on the recalibration of Miscellaneous and Other School Fees (MOSF).

“We understand that private education institutions also need to generate revenues to sustain their operation. However, we still need to consider the capacity of a student’s family to pay the added fees. Let’s consider the situation of those who are hard-pressed due to the pandemic,” UniTeam added.