UNKNOWN to many, the national government, through the Department of Education (DepEd), is still committed to provide quality education for all.
Everybody agrees that quality education helps prepare the country and the Filipino people in the competitive world of business and other fields.
That’s why the government should be commended for its decision to continue its highly-successful Senior High School (SHS) voucher program.
Education authorities said they still provide financial assistance to qualified Grade 10 completers who wish to enroll in non-DepEd SHS to accommodate recipients in school year (SY) 2017-18.
“We will continue cooperating with the private sectors and private communities as well as with bilateral and multi-lateral institutions,” said Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones.
DepEd’s SHS voucher program aims to uphold the rights of students, including the poor, to a quality education.
Likewise, the program seeks to ease the financial impact on higher education institutions (HEIs) that might experience reduced enrolment during the first few years of the SHS implementation.
On Oct. 28, 2016, DepEd issued an order which provides clear and detailed guidelines in the implementing processes related to the application for vouchers from prequalification to redemption.
Records show that DepEd has started disbursing payments for the voucher program on billings received for the first semester of SY 2016-17.
As of October 2016, some P380 million worth of voucher subsidies have been released to participating private schools across the country.
In the view of various quarters, DepEd’s SHS voucher program is a big help in improving the quality of education in this impoverished but manpower-exporting nation.