Lower tuition in private schools urged

Alfred Vargas
Quezon City, 2nd District Rep. Alfred Vargas.

WITH the possibility of online or home based schooling, a lawmaker appealed to private schools to lower their tuition and other school fees.

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas said in this time of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic everybody must help in easing the burden of the Filipinos.

Vargas said private school owners should consider lowering their tuition rates in the light of adjustments that the entire educational system would have to make to cope with the ramifications of not having a vaccine against COVID19.

“There are strong bases for private schools to lower their tuition fees.  For one, they will have lower utilities expenses as consumption for water and electricity will definitely go down,” Vargas, vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, said.

“For another, maintenance expenses will likewise be reduced.  Finally, due consideration must be given to parents who might have to contend with reduced incomes while trying to manage their family’s budget in order to purchase a computer for their children’s on-line learning sessions.  Parent-teacher associations of private schools are worried over this,” he added.

However, the solon said school owners must do this without sacrificing the salaries of the teachers and administrative staff.

He likewise called on education-oriented foundations as well as alumni associations to provide support for the shift to on-line education in the coming months. 

They can donate wifi-ready laptops and computers to students and teachers so that blended learning arrangements can immediately be put in place by schools. 

“For computers or laptops that may be repaired or upgraded, perhaps TESDA may be commissioned to identify TESDA-schools and computer technicians that can make these equipment functional,” he said.

Vargas emphasized the need "to put all our heads together to ensure that the predicament we are all in does not sacrifice our children’s education." 

“As they say, the children are our future.  We can never go wrong if we invest in their education,” he stressed.