HCM CITY — There has been no increase in tuition fees at public schools for the last two years, but private schools never fail to increase theirs every year.
This year is no exception. Public school tuition fees have remain unchanged, while their private counterparts, focused on making profits, have increased theirs significantly.
The Nguyen Khuyen Private High School, for instance, has increased their tuition fees from VND860,000 (US$41) per month to VND1.5 million ($71.4) per month, up nearly 80 per cent.
At the Dang Khoa High School, fees have gone up from VND1.2 million ($57) per month to nearly VND1.7 per month ($81), while the Thanh Binh High School now charges VND1.6 million ($76.2) per month, up from VND1.3 million ($61.9).
The increase in fees was necessary to maintain the schools' operations, their principals said. School managers also blamed the increasing prices of petrol and electricity for the tuition hike.
Private universities and college have not lagged behind.
The Hoa Sen University collected VND15 million ($714) – VND19 million per semester from, freshmen entering college last year.
Freshmen at this university pay VND18.6 million ($885.7) – VND22.8 million ($1,085) per semester.
Hoang Duc Binh, head of the university's enrollment office, told the Phu Nu (Women) newspaper that his university has new school fees for freshmen each year.
The fee is based on market prices, Binh said.
The HCM City University of Technology also increases its fees by 10 per cent for existing students and 20 per cent for freshmen.
Nguyen Quoc Anh, head of the university's counselling and enrollment office, said that his university typically increased its fees by 10 per cent each year to cover inflation and invest in better services for students. — VNS