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PIA Press Release
2009/02/26

CHED Secretary dialogues with heads of colleges, universities in Region 8

Tacloban City (February 26) -- Commission on Higher Education Secretary Emmanuel Angeles is scheduled to meet with the heads of the various colleges and universities in Eastern Visayas yesterday in a consultative conference that would tackle the current issues in higher education.

It is expected that among others, the issue of tuition fee hike will be discussed, Dr. Edward Chua, the President and CEO of Asian Development Foundation College informed.

Asked whether, there are colleges and universities in the Region which are contemplating of increasing the tuition fees for the next school year, Dr. Chua said that he does not know of any, not even State Colleges and Universities.

Secretary Angeles is not new to the heads of Tertiary Education school because before he became the CHED Secretary, he was President of the Angeles University Foundation.

A moratorium on tuition fee hike is being sought by the Commission on Higher Education in order to help buffer the effect of the current global financial crisis.

Earlier, Secretary Angeles released a memorandum appealing to Higher Education Institutions not to increase tuition and other fees for the coming school year.

The memorandum was issued based on the requests of various groups, parents and students due to the current global economic crisis which is threatening to hit the country.

Reports quoted Secretary Angeles as saying he is confident the schools will cooperate. Colleges and universities will have fewer enrollees if they raise their tuition fees, he added.

CHED records revealed that 258 or 15.11 percent of 1,726 higher education institutions, both public and private, nationwide, have already sought the Commission's nod. (PIA 8) [top]

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