SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Office of Deputy Majority Leader Juan Miguel Arroyo
Congressman, Second District, Pampanga
June 18, 2020
Waive miscellaneous fees to lower tuition fees, Arroyo asks schools
With schools adjusting to online learning under the new normal, Deputy Majority Leader, Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo yesterday called on private schools to waive temporarily miscellaneous fees saying students will not be able to avail of them anyway.
“My office has been receiving a lot of complaints saying their schools have been charging them for miscellaneous fees when there is no way the students will be able to make use of them under the new normal,” said Arroyo.
Among the miscellaneous fees being charged by schools include laboratory fees, library, medical and dental, information technology, audio visual, athletics, insurance, and others. One school was even charging for drinking water.
“How could the students, who have to stay at home and use their own resources, avail of these services? One parent came to me and said they were being charged more than P19,000 for miscellaneous fees. This amount could be used to buy a tablet which would be the basic tool for this online learning,” Arroyo said.
With the global scare brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) has ruled out face-to-face classes for this year, recommending instead education through digital set-up. Under the temporary set-up, classes for both private and public schools, will be given online, with the students staying at home.
For those who cannot afford gadgets to go with the digital set-up, or those whose areas are hampered by technological incapacity, the DepEd will mobilize its personnel to personally deliver modules and printed lessons to students right in their own homes.
This set-up was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte to prevent the spread of coronavirus among students and school personnel like what other countries had experienced.
“I humbly ask the schools to please understand the situation of the parents and the students. Waiving those miscellaneous fees would mean savings for the parents who could use the money for other incidental expenses they could incur under the online-learning,” said Arroyo.
“If face-to-face classes will resume within the school year, then by all means, charge the students with the corresponding fees. But for the meantime, please don’t slap them additional costs for any services they won’t be able to avail of under this set-up,” Arroyo said.
Classes are set to start on August 24.
Source : Office of Hon. Juan Miguel M. Arroyo, Second District, Pampanga