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PIA Press Release
2008/02/13

Poor but deserving students endorsed for scholarships

Iloilo City (13 February) -- Some 20,300 examinees who scored 98% in the General Scholastic Aptitude (GSA) test were recommended by the Department of Education (DepEd) to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for priority scholarship in baccalauraeate degree courses.

The GSA Test is part of the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) used in measuring the capacity of students to finish college education.

Also, endorsed to TESDA by the DepEd are the names of identified 22,879 fourth year graduating students as possible scholarship candidates in technical-vocational courses

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus forwarded to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) the names of these graduating students from low-income families who got 98% and above rating in the NCAE for SY 2007-2008 given last August.

"Through this initiative, we are able to direct government scholarship to the most deserving based on their competency and financial needs. Moreover, these students are most likely to complete their college education," said Lapus in a DepEd press report.

The DepEd noted that in the latest NCAE results there are students who got 98% and above in two or more domains. Many students who registered high in the general scholastic aptitude test also got high scores in the technical vocational aptitude and entrepreneurial skills component of the exam.

"I am calling on all scholarship-giving organizations, both public and private, to take cognizance of these results and help our young achievers fulfill their promise", said Lapus.

In her speech at the recent First Biennial Education Congress held in Manila, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said her administration will continue to invest in new school construction at the elementary school level, and to bolster scholarship program for high school students and those ready for higher education. (PIA) [top]

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