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Gov’t standards ang dahilan: CBCP defends rising tuition fees in Catholic schools

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Catholic schools need to raise tuition this coming school year, if only to keep up with the government’s standards, a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines official said.

Bishop Roberto Mallari of the CBCP Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education said the institutions needed to ensure the “quality” of the schools.

“Private schools are forced to increase tuition and other fees to ensure effective curriculum implementation and maintain the quality of student services in general,” Mallari said.

Mallari was responding to critics questioning the tuition hike by Catholic schools.

He pointed out the schools need to keep up with the requirements of the industry, including the Department of Education.

“DepEd and other quality assurance institutions require a set of standards that intend to promote student achievement and organizational effectiveness in response to the demands of ASEAN and the global work community,” he said.

Also, Mallari said Catholic schools cannot rely solely on the assistance provided by government, even if such assistance is “substantial.”

“(G)iven the huge financial requirements in safeguarding student support services and teacher and staff development, among others, private schools often effect minimal fee increases to bridge finances,” he added.

Besides, he said parents were consulted and “were made to understand the principles and objectives” of tuition hikes.

In the meantime, he said Catholic schools will continue to offer scholarships and other subsidy initiatives to help poor but deserving students.