Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun on Saturday appealed to private schools, from elementary to college, to slash their tuition and miscellaneous fees by 30 to 50 percent, considering the switch to virtual classes would decrease their overhead costs significantly.
“Private school owners and administration should aim to slash tuition and other school fees by not less than 30-50 percent to maintain last school year’s enrollment levels,” the minority congressman said in a statement.
He said he hopes the private schools “would see the light on scaling down their operations to the essentials while avoiding any dropouts and keeping all their current staff.”
“This means tough choices on cost-cutting and availment of zero or interest loans to stay open for business,” Fortun said.
“By extreme necessity, private schools must go their every item of fixed cost and variable cost. Cost-cutting is painful, but the goal is to keep your staff and students,” he added.
Fortun advised school administrators to “hold off on purchases of non-essential new equipment and renovations” and “conserve supplies.”
“Because classes will be largely on-line, schools will have substantial decrease in costs of electricity, water, fuel, office and school supplies and other materials,” he said.
“Hence, it is but just and fair to decrease in tuition, miscellaneous and other school fees,” Fortun said.