By Noel Sales Barcelona
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Manila, Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales, joined calls asking schools not to increase their tuition this coming school year.
In a news report over Church-run Radio Veritas today, the Cardinal issued an appeal to school authorities as private secondary and higher educational institutions had already filed their applications for increases in tuition and other fees before the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The DepEd said that schools filed petitions for a 15 percent fee hike.
The prelate said, he fears that many children and youth will be forced to quit school and be deprived of education if school administrators would increase their tuition.
Earlier, the youth group Kabataang Pinoy, together with the National Union of Students of the Philippines, Anakbayan, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, told CHEd that it must issue a moratorium on tuition and other fees increases to help relieve parents and students who are already being burdened by the high cost of goods and services amid the worsening unemployment.
Also Bayan Muna partylist representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño filed House Bill 2440, or an “Act Enforcing a Three-year Moratorium on Tuition and Other Fee Increases on All Educational Institutions.” The bill is gaining support at the Lower House.
Meanwhile DepEd Sec. Jesli Lapus said the education department is still reviewing the petitions for tuition hike.(Bulatlat.com)