Manila, Philippines – The House of Representatives is keen on looking into the move of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to approve higher tuition rates for 222 private colleges and universities nationwide, a House leader said yesterday, following concerns that they would cause higher drop-out rates among college students.
Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, said the mounting protests against the CHED’s nod to the average 10 percent tuition hike would prompt Congress to step in and ensure that the increases are reasonable.
Angara said the House is bent on asking CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan to explain why the CHED gave in to the petitions of Higher Education Institutions
(HEIs) for tuition increase.
“We hope that the CHED is closely monitoring such tuition increases and seeing to it that the procedures and guidelines set by law are adhered to. Included here are the notice and period of consultations, the consultation must be genuine with the student council and parents, and the proceeds of any such tuition fee increases must be disposed of in accordance with the percentages set in the law for teachers’ fees among others,” Angara said.
“If these are properly explained, then chances are, they will be accepted since teachers also need to survive in this economy and students and parents will appreciate that it will eventually redound to their beneﬁt in the form of better teaching and better quality,” he said. (Charissa M. Luci)