Sending Children to school becomes a big burden - High Tuition Fees

Philippines
February 19, 2007 10:05pm CST
An ordinary family with three or five children are having difficulties in sending them to private school. Tuition fees are 30 thousand or more. For one child alone its 3,000 or more a month plus transportation and lunch 3,000. Average couple earns 30thousand a month if both are working. Imagine the burden.
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@Corvin (417)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
This kind of problem has already had a solution. First family planning: it is better to plan the future of the family, how many kids can you support? If you can support 4 as long as the person can sustain and feed their kids, there is no burden to it. But if the person can only support 1 to 2 kids then it is much better to follow the rule of having 1 to 2 kids to support there needs especially from there education. Second, Why do you send them in a private school? You can send them in a public school that has educational quality, There are some public schools that offer a high standard of education. If you are having problem to the attitude of your kids when enrolling them in a public school... then what is the use of being a parent? Parents are the first teachers to their children so its better to teach them at an early age about good manner and right attitude.
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Education Plans became a failure. Many shut down. My pension plan was also a big lie. They make fantastic promise. What can we do to get those money back?
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@Corvin (417)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Education plans are just scams... If you just read the terms of having a plan from that company, you may know how to return your money. For me I guess... if you want your money to be return from the Educational planners, i think they will cut some % of it. If you want to return it early then they will cut it more.
@ilovekim (46)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Yeah! Tuition fees are big burden to parents. If only the senate could pass a bill that will make education free for all Filipinos. Education is the key for us to have better lives. The government should realize it. Education should be a must. It is every Filipinos privilege.
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
Imagine the college student in China, seeking for jobs. There is a flooding of fresh college graduates but so little opportunity to find a white collar job. A high school graduate can find work in a factory. There is an imbalance in supply and demand for college degree holder. The government should improve the quality of higher education. The traditional curriculum is no longer effective. Some foreign universities and education genius are creating a different atmosphere in learning process. Education should prepare a person with talents and skills to face the challenge of life . So many had the courage to go into business even with little education. Do you think that the Phil. will experience economic progress if Education is Free. Many children do not go to school, because a student is charged with so many fees other other than tuition fees.
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
i do agree with you. the advise that we've been hearing since were in the elementary grades, "go-to-school-get-good-grades-you-get-good-job", is not applicable these days. look at Michael Jordan and Madonna. even Bill Gates, who dropped out of Harvard, founder of Microsoft; he is now the richest man and he's still in the 40's. what we need now is to teach the next generation the new sets of rules in the marketplace. that is where money revolves. but still education is needed. it will equip us to face the world. what is my point? our parents thought us set of rules which are not effective now. we have to unlearn and relearn what are the new rules of today to survive, not only survive but thrive, not only thrive but succeed in life. me? right now i'm slowly educating my family towards getting into business. employment is good. it gives us daily sustinance and it keeps us going day to day. but in business you have more chance of earning more for yourself not to mention, you are not working for your boss to fulfill his dreams but you are working to fulfill your own dreams. it's more exciting, fulfilling and rewarding. LET'S GO-NEGOSYO.
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Thank you for your remarks. My father is also a successful businessman. He finish only grade II, but he is very hard working. He knows how to handle people and make them work for him. He is like a money magnet. Money keeps pouring in. I hope your children will succeed. I have talked to many proud mothers, telling their success stories about how they raised their children, gave them good education. All their children are professionals. Do you believe that your children can finish medicine or engineer by simply doing backyard piggery.
@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
Sending one child to a private school is a costly adventure.To try to send a whole family really puts a financial strain on an "average" family.And of course the price is just going to go higher.Hopefully as they get older,the kids realize the money and efforts you both have gone thru in the effort to educate them.
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I used to work in a catholic college. In the finance office, the tuition fee then was about a thousand pesos. My salary then was 800 a month. That was 1982. Today even in private school the tuition fee for high school can reach up to 32,000. Education is getting to be a luxury item.
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
I think this is one manifestation of the concept of survival of the fittest as it applies to modern Philippine society. It is common knowledge that a source of income is absolutely necessary for one to survive in our country. The tried and tested way is for one to become a professional or an employee, which is achieved by getting a diploma for tertiary education. Everyone, then, is now clamoring to take this path. That is where the biological concept comes into play. Because of the high demand and high prices, the only people who would be able to handle tertiary education are those who are well off enough to pay for the tuition or those who are smart enough to get a scholarship. Everyone else must, in biological terms, fill a new niche in order to survive. Part time employment is still an option in our country. Although it may not pay well, it still earns some money that helps fund one's college education.
@xtedaxcvg (3189)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
The secret here is foresight. Plan ahead. Before you get married or have kids make sure you and your soon-to-be partner already have enough savings for your future family. If you plan to give your kids quality education then go save up beforehand. Cutting down on unnecessary expenses is also another way of tackling this problem. It's a burden, yes..but hey, that's life. Smile! =)