This month, the non-subsidized private schools in the province of Buenos Aires sent a communication to families for enrollment in 2023 with the information of an increase of more than 30 percent in the monthly fee that they will begin to pay from February or March next year. , according to each educational establishment.
That percentage may be even higher because it does not include a possible salary review of teachers’ salaries that would take place in the coming months.
According to the Association of Private Education Institutes of the province of Buenos Aires (Aiepba), taking into account only the salary increase for teachers and non-teachers, that 30 percent may only be a “floor”: this year it is estimated that the The increase in teaching salaries can be around 75 percent and private schools that do not receive help from the State raised their fees between an average of 20 and 30 percent in this 2022 cycle, said a member of the association that is in charge of the economic area. . The entity brings together more than 2,300 Buenos Aires establishments.
From the Association of Argentine Private Educational Entities (Adeepra) they indicated that “communications were sent with suggestions regarding new fees for September, October and November of this year, based on the teacher salary agreements. The impact on costs is important”, said Perpetuo Lentijo, director of that association.
For October the suggestion made by the entity is a rise of 12.5 percent for non-subsidized, and between October and November 4.5 percent, detailed in the association.
For Lentijo it is “a little premature to project to February or March, due to the variables of inflation and salary mobility and perhaps in March some schools will face costs that cannot be financed.”
The same director remarked that “we have not sent suggestions for quotas for March, because this is not the time to make preventive adjustments.”
In the schools they explain that due to an organizational issue, between September and October of each year they have to define how many students they will have for the next school year, depending on the logistics they must develop. In addition, the times have to do with administrative regulations that govern the sector. For the subsidized schools of the Province, which are the majority, there is more time to report on fees for the next cycle and obtain responses from the families of the students.
In reality, each annual enrollment operation begins between July and August with the sending of grades by the siblings of the students who may join the schools in the following school year.
Beyond this administrative organization, in the current economic context, for both associations, the sending of information on fees and enrollment in 2023 may be very early. “Probably this 30 percent may be excessive or insufficient, due to the economic instability that prevails. at present”, said a source consulted by this newspaper.
According to Aiepba spokesmen, “the trend should be a little more than 30 percent increase for the next school year. It must also be taken into account that each school has its financial economic reality. This year they have been relegated”.
In most schools, students pay 10 monthly installments, among which the tuition payment is prorated. Many do it in the last months of the current year and in the first months of the next cycle. Those who pay 10 monthly installments each year do so between March and December or between February and November.
But there are non-subsidized private schools that since this year have added one more fee to the annual calendar, so that families have to pay between February and December, more “maintenance” fees in the first semester of the school year and in the second installment. of the year they replace begin to pay the registration fees for the following school year.