Private Schools Can Not Increase Fees

For the past three years in El Salvador private educational institutions recognized as for-profit companies have not been able to update tuition fees.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The president of the Association of Private Schools in El Salvador (ACPES), Javier Hernandez, said in an interview with the media that they are requesting that the National Assembly issue a decree permitting an increase in tuition.

Since 2007, the year in which the decree was passed, dividing the 533 private educational institutions into two categories, with and without profit, some 400 private schools have closed.

The decree "... allows nonprofit organizations to update tuition and student fees, while those classified as institutions for profit can not perform the same procedure.

"Us private schools are still charging tuition and fees in prices in colons and we are investing in our schools in dollars, because the current legislation dictates that it be this way, Decree 533 is pretty much a technical freeze" said Hernandez .

For that reason, we have asked the deputies to approve a temporary decree allowing private for-profit schools to increase tuition and fees according to the parameters used by nonprofit institutions, said the president of ACPES".

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