CAGAYAN de Oro City–A city councilor has expressed dismay over how private schools in the city raised their tuitions.
Councilor Lordan G. Suan: “Even though schools have lessened their tuition fees, I am wondering why the amount that is being lessened is different from each school.”
Suan in his special report during the regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy, said he would like to know the basis of the computations made by these schools, citing the expenses of parents for internet connections and for the purchase of laptops and other similar gadgets for online classes amid the pandemic.
“I have also received reports that there are schools which still have the parents pay for test papers, library fees, internet fees and laboratory fees. Obviously, these are no longer necessary since everyone is in their homes,” Suan added.
Even if the six percent increase in tuition fees was allowed by the government, it is a relief for the city that the increase was not implemented here, the councilor further said.
Few months ago, Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya delivered a similar report on the matter. It was referred to the committee on education chaired by Councilor Suzette Magtajas-Daba for appropriate action.
“According to Councilor Suzette Daba, there was no increase as to those applicants who filed before COVID and those applicants who have filed after COVID because it was not considered by the Department of Education (DepEd). But I have the same observation as that of Councilor Suan on the miscellaneous and other expenses that are not filed before DepEd or any government regulatory institutions. So therefore it’s discretionary between parents, students and the owner of the educational institution. So that’s the real concern of the public and the parents considering that the parents have to spend for internet connection and other expenses required to have an online course with the private schools. So maybe we can ask the chairman as regards the matter pending,” Councilor Nacaya cited.
As requested, the matter was referred to the committee on education for further inquiry. (SP/JAOclarit)