Cayetano seeks wider access to tertiary education for top students of
public high schools
June 14, 2012
PASAY CITY – Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano has asked
the national government to provide more deserving public school
students easier access to tertiary education.
He said it is the State’s duty to ensure that quality education is
accessible to all regardless of the economic status of students.
He filed Senate Bill No. 3225 entitled the Iskolar ng Bayan Act of
2012, which aims to help outstanding graduates of national high
schools to gain access to college education.
“The bill seeks to enable students of public high schools who graduate
among the top ten of their class to earn full scholarships provided by
the government in the state college or university of their choice,” he
Cayetano said he expects some 24,905 top ten students from the public
high schools to benefit yearly, providing them the opportunity to
pursue their dreams of a better a life armed with a college education.
He lamented that according to the 2010 Annual Poverty Indicators
Survey, 16% of the estimated 39 million Filipinos between 6 to 24
years old are Out-of-School-Youth (OSY).
“This translates to 6.24 million OSY or one out of eight Filipinos
aged between 6 to 24 is an out-of-school youth,” he said.
He noted that the survey also revealed that the foremost reasons were:
1) high cost of education; 2) employment/looking for work; and 3) lack
of personal interest.
“These data is indicative of the need to make education more
accessible to the students,” he said.
The minority leader said he is hopeful that this incentive will
encourage deserving but underprivileged students to study and work
harder to excel academically in order to qualify for a full
scholarship until they graduate.