MANILA – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has instructed private higher education institutions (HEIs) to review their application for tuition adjustment or increase as physical classes would not be allowed in the coming school year amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a virtual public briefing on Monday, CHED chairman J. Prospero de Vera III said some private HEIs have announced tuition increases for the academic year 2020 to 2021.
“Sinoli natin ang application nila. Ang utos ng komisyon ay i-review ang application nila in the light of flexible learning at mag-konsulta ulit sa mga magulang, sa mga estudyante at ipaliwanag ang application for tuition adjustment sa konteksto ng flexible learning (We returned their application. The Commission told them to review it in the light of flexible learning and to consult parents, students and explain to application for tuition adjustment in the context of flexible learning),” de Vera said.
Recognizing the sentiments of some parents and students who oppose tuition increase as learning activities will be done at home, de Vera said out-of-school activities which are usually included in the students’ tuition and fees are prohibited this year.
“Pinagbabawalan natin ang internship, mga on-the-job training (OJT), hanggang mayroong quarantine. ‘Yung sports activities na malakihan malamang hindi magagawa ‘yan ngayong (We didn’t allow internship, OJTs, until [community] quarantine is in effect. Big sports activities will not happen this) 2020 because of prohibition of mass gathering,” he added.
De Vera also advised parents and students who are appealing not to pay the remaining tuition balance for school year 2019 to 2020 as physical classes were suspended due to the pandemic to coordinate with the administration of their respective schools.
“May mga nagsoli na nga ng tuition at ‘yung iba ike-credit nila sa susunod na semestre. Kung hindi pa rin magkasundo ang mga magulang at mga unibersidad saka kayo dumulog sa komisyon at tatawagin namin ang pansin ng pamantasan (There are universities which refunded their students’ tuition and other universities will credit the students’ extra payment to the following semester. If you can’t reach an agreement with the university, reach out to the Commission and we’ll call the university’s attention),” he said. (PNA)