17 colleges, universities in Soccsksargen seek tuition hike

At least 17 private colleges and universities in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) are seeking to increase their tuition and other related fees amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis.


Jocelyn Santoceldes, officer in charge of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 12, said in a briefing here on Thursday that the concerned institutions applied for the implementation of the tuition increase effective School Year 2020-2021.


Santoceldes said 28 colleges and universities originally submitted applications for another round of adjustments but nine eventually withdrew.


“As of now, we’re still waiting for the final approval from our central office,” she said.


Citing their records, Santoceldes said the institutions applied for tuition increases within the rate set by the agency.


She specifically cited the 7.2-percent ceiling adjustment, which was reportedly based on the average inflation rate.


Some schools have opted to just implement the increase to incoming first year students, she said, noting that colleges and universities are allowed on a yearly basis to apply for tuition increase to address their needs and other improvements.


The CHED requires schools to allocate funds for the upgrading of benefits, salaries and allowances of their faculty and other personnel, as well as the improvement of facilities and equipment.


Santoceldes said preparations are ongoing in all but two of the 113 colleges and universities in the region for the formal opening of classes this month.


A school based in Tacurong City has closed down due to “bankruptcy” in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis while another in Koronadal City decided to temporarily stop accepting new enrollees, although it did not signify if it would totally stop its operations, she said.


Santoceldes said most of the schools adopted the “flexible” mode of delivery to properly cater to the needs of their students.


She said such mode is a combination of online and offline learning, blended delivery, and modular learning.


Colleges and universities did not opt to offer full online delivery due to the unstable Internet connectivity in some areas, Santoceldes said.


“There were some that were not capable of offering alternative delivery modes and advised to hold limited face-to-face classes by September, depending on the situation,” she added.


Source: Philippines News Agency

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