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Monday, May 21, 2012

Enrollment Season '12

Most schools and universities in the country are set to open classes by the 4th of June, about two weeks from now. In my university, we had been very busy accommodating enrollees for freshmen since last week. It is really very exhausting attending to the incessant paper works and the countless inquiries of students and parents. What is sadder is the fact that we cannot accept everyone to the department no matter how interested they are. The presence of supportive parents and hoping faces are what breaking my heart. But there are guidelines set and regulations that have to be followed.

On the brighter side, to see eager faces and promising skills is very heart-warming. There were several kids who qualified for different scholarship and this alone makes me look forward to future meetings with them.

As to fees and charges, there is not much change in my university. For the whole country and in Region 12 or SoCCSKSarGen, a number are imposing matriculation fee hike. According to a report by a CHED (Commission of Higher Education) official, thirteen private colleges and universities in Region 12 will raise their tuition and other related fees by 4-10% starting June for the academic year 2012-2013. On a national level, around 222 institutions have been granted to raise their tuition fees. The increase is the institutions’ way to cover for the salary increase of teachers and the improvement of their facilities and equipment.

In this city, the colleges and universities that were raising their tuition fees were the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, Mindanao Polytechnic College, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College and the General Santos Doctors Medical School Foundation.

Along with them are the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City; Notre Dame of Salaman College in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat; Southern Christian College in Midsayap, North Cotabato; Central Mindanao College and Notre Dame of Kidapawan in Kidapawan City; and, St. Alexius College, King’s College of Marbel, Green Valley College Foundation Inc. and Regency Polytechnic College in Koronadal City.


On average, the increase is for the institutions mentioned is pegged at 8% or P28.81 per unit. The new tuition fee increase practically raises the average tuition fee in the region to P400.78 from the previous P371.97.

Though education is a basic right, it has become a privilege and challenge in real sense.

To the Freshmen batch of 2012 and to the returning students, the best of good luck in the coming academic year!

Literature courtesy of MindaNews and PhilStar.

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