Representatives of the student sector to the Multi-Sectoral Committee on Student Fees (MSCSF) move to propose a 0-2 percent tuition fee increase (TFI) and 0 percent miscellaneous fee increase, according to University Student Government (USG) Executive Treasurer Zed Laqui during the Convention of Leaders (COLE) held on January 8 at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.
At the COLE, Laqui explained that among the justifications for the 0-2 percent TFI are the target inflation rate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (2-4 percent), and DLSU’s profitability ratios (DLSU became twice as profitable in 2015 compared to 2014). The said proposal also states that an increase higher than 2 percent may be justified if there would not be an increase for the next two years.
USG President Pram Menghrajani, Laqui, and Head of Research for Tuition Fee Proposal Patricia Sario represent the student sector in the MSCSF, which meets annually to hold consultations on the tuition fee increase. The committee first convened on December 8 for this academic year.
Group discussions, open forum held
To arrive at the student sector’s proposal, the Office of the Executive Treasurer (OTREAS) hosted two focus group discussions and an open forum on the impending TFI last January 5 to 7 at A1403 and Y407-409.
The results of a survey on TFI circulated by the OTREAS were presented and interpreted in the meetings. Of 2,307 respondents, 1,277 students or 55.4 percent stated that they were not in favor of the TFI. However, students answered that they would approve of such an increase only if change would be seen on campus. Some students also expressed that a TFI of more than 5 percent is “too much” and that a reevaluation of miscellaneous and special fees was also needed.
The OTREAS also presented issues pertinent to the TFI, which they identified as the implementation of the K-12 program and the academic calendar shift, which require the University to offer more competitive salaries in order to avoid the chances of them leaving to go to a higher paying institution. Laqui also pointed that due to the K-12 program, the University is expecting a large drop in the number of freshmen enrollees next academic year, which will greatly affect the teaching load of different professors.
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