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".
The way to prevent rising tuition fees in private educational institutes is not by regulating them but by raising the quality of public education.
It is a market issue.If the public education systems performs poorly, as is a general trend in Central America, it is obvious that private institutions, in many cases companies that have a legitimate desire for profit, will emerge in order to meet the demands of parents who want better education for their children.
Tuition and enrollment fees of 43 private educational institutions teaching Pre-school, Primary, PreMiddle and Middle (Bachelor).
The Authority for Consumer Protection and Antitrust, ACODECO, has carried out a non-probability sampling trial, which is based on a list of 43 private colleges who were sent note to invite them to participate in a survey which is carried out annually on registration and tuition fees of private schools in the City of Panama.
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