SAN JOSE, Antique – Around 13,000 senior high school students from various schools in Antique are expected to benefit once the proposed ordinance giving them financial assistance is approved.
Board member Pio Jessielito Sumande, author of the ordinance, said the proposed measure is expected to be passed before the first semester of school year 2019-2020.
Sumande on Tuesday said the proposal stands to benefit Grades 11 and 12 students of 57 secondary public schools in the province.
“I have proposed that the provincial government provides financial assistance in the amount of P1,000 each for Grades 11 and 12 students in public schools,” he added.
Sumande said despite free education for secondary students, some of them need to take the National Certification of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for their technical-vocational courses.
“Since the provincial government has already a scholarship for the college and graduate students in the amount of P5,000 per semester and the office of Antique representative Loren Legarda extends P6,000 to scholars, it would be appropriate also that the Grades 11 and 12 students be extended financial assistance,” Sumande added.
He said extending financial assistance to the Grades 11 and 12, the provincial government is ensuring the senior high school students could finish their secondary education and proceed to college.
Sumande hopes the ordinance could be tackled for the second reading during their regular session on Thursday for it to be passed before October.(With a report from PNA/PN)