Two lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to institutionalize the granting of scholarships to public school teachers and their children.
Reps. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo (2nd Dist.-Camarines Sur) and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd Dist.-Pampanga) said House Bill No. 3035 seeks “to uplift the personal integrity of teachers by extending them proper recognition and the corresponding benefits.”
“Given that education is an essential component in improving the lives of our student populace and in stimulating the economic growth of the nation, it is vital that investments in human resource, through scholarship grants, be prioritized for our teachers and their children,” the bill proponents said.
They noted that providing the youth with education highlights the overwhelming importance of public school teachers in molding the character of their students.
They said the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers Act of 1966 or Republic Act No. 4670 was passed into law to help promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers.
The measure, to be known as the Scholarship Grants to Public School Teachers and their Children Act of 2013, shall grant free education only to legitimate children of public school teachers covering preschool, elementary, secondary and tertiary education.
Public school teachers who are in active service for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to the date of application for the grant shall be eligible to avail of the scholarship grants to enroll in any masteral or post graduate course.
Retired public school teachers are also entitled but only to a proportional amount of scholarship grant for their children.
The scholarship grant shall be applicable in all public schools and state universities upon passing the requirements set by the respective schools.
Public school teachers who have been charged and proven to have committed acts of professional misconduct shall forfeit their eligibility to avail of the grant for themselves and for their children as well. PNA