Top 10 graduates of pilot public senior high schools are entitled to scholarships in state universities and colleges (SUCs) under a scholarship program that may receive funding of over P300 million next year.
The Department of Education (DepEd), in experimental projects ahead of the compulsory implementation of the K-to-12 program in academic year 2016 to 2017, initiated the two-year senior high school course in selected divisions last year.
Rep. Roman Romulo said the top 10 graduates of these pilot public senior high schools will qualify for Iskolar ng Bayan benefits.
Romulo, who leads the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, said on Sunday that the Iskolar ng Bayan Program will get a P382.2 million fund next year, when there will be fewer public high school graduates.
The funding for the program is among the items in P10.53-billion allocation for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in its proposed P3 trillion 2016 budget.
“The CHED will distribute the money to the SUCs where the Iskolar ng Bayan qualifiers are enrolled,” Romulo said.
Scholars are entitled to admission to the SUC of their choice in their region without having to pay for tuition and miscellaneous fees during their first year.
After the first year, they can get financial aid from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) if they qualify.
“Despite the K-12 switch, some public high schools will produce graduates in 2016 from pilot projects. Their top 10 academic performers will be entitled to scholarships under the Iskolar ng Bayan Program,” Romulo said. Reina Tolentino