Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan (right) of the Commission on Higher Education discusses during a news conference Wednesday at the CHED Office in Quezon City the Students' Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a most exciting part of the government's student assistance program as it directly benefits students of the poorest families. The SGP-PA, with an allocation of P500M, is administered by CHED for State Universities and Colleges in support of the reform agenda for public higher education. Also in photo is Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman.  (MNS photo)

Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan (right) of the Commission on Higher Education discusses during a news conference Wednesday at the CHED Office in Quezon City the Students’ Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a most exciting part of the government’s student assistance program as it directly benefits students of the poorest families. The SGP-PA, with an allocation of P500M, is administered by CHED for State Universities and Colleges in support of the reform agenda for public higher education. Also in photo is Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 10 (Mabuhay) – The Palace said it hopes the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will conduct strict screening of colleges and universities applying for tuition fee hikes to avoid unjustified increases.

As many colleges and universities want to increase their tuition rates, some teachers organizations are also asking for an increase in their pay.

In a radio interview on Saturday over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said there is an instruction for CHED to check thoroughly all the applications for tuition fee increases.

The government wants to ensure that educational institutions asking for tuition fee adjustments complies with the law, Valte said.

There is a Memorandum Circular issued by CHED mandating colleges and universities to hold truthful student consultations with regards to their plans to increase tuition fees.

Umaasa po tayong mahigpit na ipapatupad ito ng CHED habang sinasala nila ang mga aplikasyon para magtaas ng tuition fees,” she said. (MNS)