Catholic schools defend tuition hike

Posted at 05/20/2011 12:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines (CEAP) believes raising tuition is needed to ensure the high quality of education in their schools and universities.

According to CEAP, a lower fee would affect the quality of education and would mean job losses and other cutbacks.

CEAP President Fr. Gregg Bañaga said Catholic schools don’t have subsidies from the government unlike the state universities and colleges. “We have to do justice to our professors and to our staff and administrators in Catholic schools,” Bañaga told Radyo Veritas.

“The tuition [fees] may be high, but if you look at the amount we spend in educating a Filipino child it is even less than what the state spends in a public school. That’s why we are still more efficient,” he said.

The Commission on Higher Education earlier said 282 colleges and universities will implement tuition increases this coming school year. Three of the universities - Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University - are Catholic.

CHED said 15% of college-level schools in the Philippines will increase tuition this year. None of the

In the National Capital Region (NCR), 69 private colleges and universities are expected to hike tuition fees this year, with St. Luke's College of Medicine set to have a 12% increase, CHED said.

University of the East (UE) College of Medicine, Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Miriam College, Assumption College and OB Montessori, on the other hand, will raise tuition fees by 5%.

University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University and UE Manila will have increases of 3.75%, 3.5% and 4.35%, respectively.

Bañaga said that while there are some Catholic schools with high tuition, they are but only a “small portion” of the entire institution.

CEAP has 1,194 members, which include 30 universities, 101 graduate schools, 240 colleges, 1,070 high schools, 592 elementary and 596 pre-elementary schools. With a report from CBCPNews