THE Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is urging incoming college freshmen to enroll in the so-called priority courses starting this school year until 2008.
Lawyer Julio Vitriolo, CHEd executive director, said the commission will push the policy on enrolment in the priority courses needed for “national development.” He added that poor students intending to go to college should avail of scholarships for such courses.
“For grants, the students should enroll in priority programs identified to contribute to national development as well as regional development such as engineering, science and technology, teacher training, maritime, IT (information technology), geological sciences, agriculture, etc.,” Vitriolo said in a text message.
Under CHEd Memorandum Order 1, Series of 2014, some courses will be made a priority within the next five years where qualified beneficiaries of CHEd Student Financial Assistance Programs (Stufap) shall be directed to enroll in.
The CHEd priority courses are information technology, agriculture, teacher education, science and math, engineering, health sciences, business administration, architecture, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, maritime and communication.
Vitriolo said the student financial assistance programs will be implemented mainly through the state universities and colleges (SUCs).
“Students are expected to enroll in SUCs and if they comply with the requirements including admissions by the SUCs they will be endorsed to the CHEd regional office for grant of benefits under the ‘Tulong Dunong’ or Grants-in-Aid with benefits up to P12,000 a year in priority programs,” he added.
To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be a high school graduate and must also show proof that his or her family’s annual income does not exceed P300,000.