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Alfred Vargas urges private schools to lower tuition fees: Onlinenaman klase!

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Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas called on private schools on Saturday, May 23, to lower tuition fees in light of the adjustments to the educational system due to COVID-19.

In a statement, Vargas said private schools can afford to lower tuition fees because the Department of Education has advised holding online classes as a precautionary measure against the virus.

He said private schools’ utilities and maintenance expenses would go down as students will be going to school less often.

“Finally, due consideration must be given to parents who might have to contend with reduced incomes while trying to manage their family’s budget in order to purchase a computer for their children’s on-line learning sessions. Parent associations of private schools are worried over this,” Vargas said.

The lawmaker urged education-oriented foundations as well as alumni associations to provide support for the shift to online education by donating wifi-ready laptops and computers to schools.

“For computers or laptops that may be repaired or upgraded, perhaps TESDA may be commissioned to identify TESDA-schools and computer technicians that can make these equipment functional,” he said.