P5.8B tuition aid set
for 1M private HS students
QUEZON CITY – Some
one million students enrolled in private high schools nationwide will
receive between P5,000 to P10,000 each in tuition aid under the
Expanded Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private
Education (GASTPE) Law, Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas, an educator,
Gullas said total of
P5.8 billion in fresh funding has been set aside to subsidize the
tuition of private high school students under the GASTPE Law, or
Republic Act 8545.
Gullas said the amount
is contained in the P207.3-billion new budget for the Department of
Education (Deped) in the proposed P1.645-trillion General
Appropriations Act of 2011.
He said the P5.8
billion is 49 percent or P1.9 billion greater than the P3.9 billion
earmarked this year for GASTPE. This year's allocation is meant to
help some 700,000 students.
GASTPE has three
components – education service contracting (ESC), the education voucher system (EVS) and the teacher
salary subsidy (TSS).
In large-scale ESC
with private high schools, the Deped agrees to subsidize the tuition
of students at a rate of P10,000 each for those in Metro Manila and
P5,000 each for those in other parts of the country.
In the individual EVS,
private high school students who apply for aid would each get a
voucher of P5,000 to P10,000, which they can then use to partly pay
for their tuition.
GASTPE does not have
any minimum scholastic or maximum family income requirement, as long
as the student stays enrolled, and his or her parents pay for the rest
of the tuition.
"GASTPE is a four-year
funding commitment. A student covered by the assistance stands to
receive a total of P20,000 to P40,000 in tuition subsidy throughout
his or her four years in a private high school," Gullas pointed out.
GASTPE is meant to
help decongest and reduce the class size to more manageable levels in
public high schools, especially in areas with severe shortages of
classrooms and teachers, according to Gullas.
He said GASTPE also
seeks to ease the growing migration of students to public high
schools, mainly due to the soaring cost of tuition and miscellaneous
fees in private institutions.
In TSS, Gullas said
teachers in private high schools who provide instruction to students
under the ESC stand to receive salary subsidies ranging from P7,000 to
P10,500 per month, depending on their loads.
Gullas is author of
the 1998 law that established the Adopt-a-School Program, which grants
lucrative tax incentives to private entities that aid public schools.
Under the program, contributing firms or individuals may deduct from
their gross taxable income the amount equal to 150 percent of their
Gullas is also author
of a bill seeking to enliven the use of the English language in
schools to build up the global competitiveness of the country's future