Private elementary, high schools won’t hike fees this year

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced Friday that private elementary and high schools will not increase tuition fees for the school year 2010 to 2011.

“Since we have not received any request, our belief is no (private) schools will increase tuition fees. So far, good news!” DepEd Secretary Mona Valisno said in an interview.

She said they expect at least 22 million elementary and high school students this year, more than 1 million compared to last year’s elementary and secondary student population.

Valisno said that the DepEd’s problem in textbooks have been solved as they expect a 1:1 book per student ratio this year. New books will also be acquired by the DepEd with donations from the private sector that has reached P7 billion.

Meanwhile, the DepEd needs to build this year 5,123 more classrooms and 800,000 school chairs for public elementary and high schools.

Valisno said they are confident that with the help of the parents, non-government organizations and the private sector, the government will be able to acquire the basic needs of the students. (PIA-Bohol)

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