December 01, 2014
In a bid to beef up the Philippines’ pool of Science and Technology teachers, a total of 500 third year college students passed the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) exam administered nationwide on 18 October 2014 to qualify for the 2-3 year S&T scholarships and become future S&T educators.
The JLSS is a scholarship program of the DOST-SEI under the Republic Act (RA) No. 10612, titled “An Act Expanding the Coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program and Strengthening the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools”. Otherwise known as the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”, this law builds on the current S&T scholarships offered by the DOST-SEI as provided for in RA 7687 or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994.”
The implementation of R.A. 10612 supports the execution of Section 8 of the K to 12 law which urges the hiring of teachers from among the graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.
“By fast-tracking graduates in STEM courses, the RA 10612 aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education and hopes to inspire our scholar-graduates towards a career-path in science teaching,” Dr. Biyo said.
Qualifiers of this scholarship program will receive the privileges following the existing financial assistance of the RA 7687 scholars. They will be entitled to subsidy for tuition fee subsidy and other school fees, monthly living allowance for 10 to 11 months, book allowance, and more during the last 2 or 3 years of their undergraduate studies.
The scholarship program under RA 10612 would not only answer the shortage of STEM teachers in the country, but also provide more competent teachers to handle the K-12 basic education curriculum.
Upon graduation the scholars are required to serve as STEM teachers for a minimum of two years in any public or private high school in the country, preferably in their hometown. They will also be given teacher training by the Philippine Normal University (PNU). To ensure that graduates under the program would be able to serve, the Department of Education (DepEd) will assist in the job placement and hiring of qualified graduates with a starting salary equivalent to that of the Special Science Teacher 1 position at the Philippine Science High School. Other incentives include relocation allowance if they would be assigned outside their home region or province; and they would be allowed to teach initially without LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers) eligibility provided that they take and pass the LET within five years of hiring.
Dr. Biyo believes that this strategy will not only help produce quality teachers right away but will also ensure dynamic and effective science and mathematics teaching in many schools in the country.
Meanwhile, Prof. Fortunato T. De La Peña said that hiring of experts in these fields will truly aid in the promotion of research, innovation and utilization of studies related to S&T in the country.
“To stay competitive, we need a competent S&T workforce such as engineers, and people with Master’s and PhD degrees in advanced S&T fields. Thus, we need more S&T teachers to inspire more children to take science and engineering courses. I truly believe this program would be the way to do that.” Prof. De La Peña said.
Initial implementation of the JLSS Program will take effect in the Second Semester of AY 2014-2015. (30)
May 27, 2014
The Undergraduate Scholarship Programs of the Department of Science and Technology implemented by the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) are open yearly to talented and deserving students who wish to pursue 4- or 5- year courses in priority science and technology fields. The RA 7687 Scholarships and the Merit Scholarships both aim to produce and develop high quality human resources who will man the Science and Technology (S&T) and Research Development (R&D) efforts in the country.
With the fast-paced advancement of technology and the increasing demands of globalization, there is a need to increase the pool of expertise in S&T. Through the S&T Scholarships, DOST-SEI helps contribute in providing human resources that will beef up attainment of the national R&D priority thrusts. Thus, the 2015 S&T Undergraduate Scholarships are now open to qualified secondary senior students. High school graduates who have not undertaken any college units may also apply. Application forms and scholarship brochures can be obtained at the Science Education Institute, 2/F Science Heritage Building, DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City; DOST Regional Offices; Provincial Science and Technology centers (PSTC) or Offices of the Congressmen and Senators during months of June or July.
Deadline for filing of application is on 22 August 2014 (Friday) and the nationwide conduct of the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examination is on 21 September 2014 (Sunday).
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March 04, 2014
A gleam of light welcomes aspiring young scientists and engineers as the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute announces the 3, 982 high school students who qualify to the Science Scholarship Examination, up by 10.7% from last year.
From the total number of the 2014 passers, 3,473 who belong to economically disadvantaged families qualified under the RA 7687 Scholarship grants, while 509 students who topped the examination qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.
Qualifiers who avail of any of the S&T undergraduate scholarships may pursue a four- or five-year college degree in priority science and technology fields. As benefits, RA 7687 scholars will receive tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance and many more. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the family’s socio-economic status.
DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said the scholarship programs will provide the new awardees access to quality education in leading public and private institutions as it targets to substantially increase the number of scientists and engineers needed to boost economic productivity and knowledge creation in the country.
“We look at this as a sign that our young students consider, at the very least, carving a path in the sciences in terms of their studies and careers,” Montejo said.
The scholarship qualifiers can enroll in state universities and colleges and other higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development, wherein they can take up priority science and technology courses such as Agriculture, Agricultural Biotechnology; Agricultural Chemistry; Agricultural Engineering; Applied Mathematics; Applied Physics; Biochemistry; Biology; Ceramics Engineering; Chemistry with Applied Computer System; Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering; Chemistry Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Electronics and Communications Engineering; Environmental Science; Fisheries; Food Technology; Forestry; Geology; Geodetic Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Information Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Materials Engineering; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Metallurgical Engineering; Mining Engineering; Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Physics; Physics with Applied Computer System; Physics with Material Science and Engineering; Science/Mathematics Teaching and Statistics.
Meanwhile, 500 second year college students who are enrolled in DOST-SEI identified institutions under its priority courses have qualified for the S&T Scholarships for Sophomore College Students. Of this number, 271 are grouped under the RA 7687 scholarship program and 229 under the Merit scholarship. Qualifiers will get to avail of and enjoy the scholarship privileges effective the Second Semester of AY 2013-2014.
Meanwhile, SEI’s Supervising Undersecretary, Prof. Fortunato T. De La Peña said he is hopeful that the increased number of passers would ultimately translate to an increased number of graduates that will pursue S&T careers in the future.
“The goal is to produce quality science professionals and we really hope that the same number of passers would become scientists and engineers who will be willing to work in the country in the near future,” he said.
In addition, Sec. Montejo is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship slots for the 2015 S&T Undergraduate Scholarships. Application forms can be obtained at SEI or can be downloaded at its website, www.sei.dost.gov.ph and www.science-scholarships.ph. Deadline for filing of application and requirements is on August 22, 2014. The nationwide scholarship examination is on September 21, 2014.
The DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Program is the Department’s response to its mandate of accelerating the pace of knowledge-driven development in accordance with the S&T human resource growth potential in the country. (30)