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Philippine Science High School intensifies campaign for more scholars

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (15 August) -- The Philippine Science High School (PSHS), Ilocos Region Campus based at San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur has intensified its campaign for more scholars for the next school year 2008-2009.

In a press conference hosted by the Philippine Information Agency in Bangued, Dr. Larry Cabatic, Campus Director of the PSHS assured the local media and campus journalists in the province of the security of the children who are studying in their school. This is on top of prestigious privileges of a PSHS scholar of being nurtured by competent faculty and staff, having a scientific mind and a passion for excellence and prepared for future service to the country.

Education for All is the number 2 in the 10-point legacy agenda of President Arroyo. But education as the President emphasized, must be functional in such a way that the education acquired makes our graduates fit for the jobs in demand. This is what the PSHS is envisioned to attain, to produce quality graduates.

The PSHS operates under a system of governance and management, provides scholarships to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics. It offers a curriculum that emphasizes science and mathematics, but with the integration of the development of well-rounded individuals as the education it offers is humanistic in spirit, global in perspective and patriotic in orientation. It prepares students for careers in Science and Technology (S&T) and contributes to nation-building by helping the country attain a critical mass of professionals and leaders in S&T.

Who are eligible for admission? A graduating elementary pupil from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education, who belong to the upper 10% of the graduating class as certified by the School Principal, or have an aptitude in science and math as supported by the report card and a letter of recommendation; must be a Filipino citizen with no pending application for migration to any foreign country; must not be 15 years of age by June 30, 2009; must be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program; must be of good moral character ; and must not have taken the PSHS National Competitive Examination previously.

A applicant must submit fully accomplished application form in duplicated copies; two pieces (identical) recent 1x1 ID pictures; non-refundable test fee of P100 for graduates of private schools and free for those coming from the public schools; and a copy of the report card and a letter of recommendation if the applicant does not belong to the upper 10% of the current graduating class.

Unlike in the past years where there were two tests administered, there will be only one test this year. This is the scholastic aptitude test (SAT) which is designed to measure Scientific Ability, Quantitative Ability, Abstract Reasoning and Verbal Aptitude. The NCE will be administered on November 15, 2008. The testing center will be announced later for the Abrenian applicants pending negotiations with Abra DepED Superintendent.

Application forms are now available at the Department of Science and Technology Provincial Office. Applicants may submit their applications to the DOST Offices in Bangued and in ASIST, Lagangilang. Deadline for submission of application is on September 15, 2008. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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