Senate bill tabled on scholarships to public school teachers, their children


A bill to provide scholarships to public school teachers and their children has been introduced in the Senate to encourage more educators to join public institutions.

In turn, more teachers would educate our growing number of public school students, enabling a better quality of education for Filipinos and, therefore, more productive members of society,Sen. Francis N. Tolentino said in a statement Sunday.

Mr. Tolentino, author of Senate Bill 399, said the proposed law is also a way to recognize the important role of teachers.

Under the proposed measure, eligible public school teachers receive scholarships to obtain a master’s, doctorate or post-graduate training related to the subjects or courses they teach.

Their children will automatically receive a scholarship covering their primary, secondary and higher education.

Eligible public school teachers include those on active duty for at least two consecutive years prior to the date of the grant application. Retired public teachers can also benefit from the scholarship for their children in proportion to the number of years of service.

Tolentino cited data from the National Center for Education Statistics showing there were about 3.3 million full-time and part-time teachers in public schools in the 2017 to 2018 school year. Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

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