By Ben Serrano
At least 5 private higher education institutions (HEIs), or colleges and universities in Caraga will be implementing tuition increases this academic year.
The increase ranged from 8 percent to 26 percent, just within the rates allowed by the government , said Commission on Higher Education (CHEd -Caraga) spokesperson Engr. Ramil Sanchez.
Covered by the increase are Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) in Butuan City; New Northern Mindanao Colleges in Cabadbaran City; Dela Salle John Bosco College in Bislig City; STI Colleges in Surigao City; and Agusan del Sur Colleges (ADSCO) in Bayugan City.
According to Sanchez , CHED-Central office has approved a 10% increase for tuition fees or P24.55 pesos per unit to Agusan del Sur Colleges.
It also give ADSCO go signal to collect an increase for the collection of school fees by 26%.
The New Northern Mindanao Colleges was granted an 8% tuition fees increase equivalent to an increase of P24.00 per unit and increase for the collection of school fees by 20% or allowed to collect P480.00 more from its students in school fees, Sanchez said.
As for STI Colleges Surigao City Campus , Dela Salle John Bosco College and FSUU , the increases are 5%, 12.5% and 5%, respectively,
Militant student groups in Caraga condemned CHED’s approval of tuition and other school fee increases which school administrators claimed would be used to augment salaries of its teaching and nonteaching personnel and to improve facilities.
The tuition fee hike for the academic year 2017-2018 “would mean bad news for parents and students in the region.”
And expect more drops outs or parents won’t be able to enroll their college students this school, said Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP-Caraga) and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP-Caraga).
“Tuition hike is again bad news for the students in Caraga. And the Commission On Highly Expensive Education displayed inutility to uphold student’s welfare. They function as a mere stamp pad of tuition and other school fees hikes applied by schools,” said SCMP Caraga head Renaly Gomez and CEGP-Caraga chapter Chairperson Alvin Ygot in a joint statement.
“What is more frustrating is that Catholic schools which teaches mercy and compassion were the ones leading yearly increase of tuition and other school fees.”