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MANILA, Philippines -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin A. Luistro has ordered the release of additional funds to public schools catering to students who have special aptitude in science and technology and the arts.
Each school will receive a fixed amount of P144,000 this year and a variable allocation of P500 per student based on the average enrolment in the last two years.
“There are students who stand out from the rest because of their strong science and technology orientation which need nurturing by the State by way of additional funding support,” said Luistro in a statement that the DepEd released to the media on Tuesday.
According to the DepEd, the funds can be used in purchasing supplies and materials for science investigatory projects and for rental/payment of equipment and laboratory tests for student researches.
Schools can also opt to use the funds in subscribing to print and non-print instructional materials, for training of science and math teachers, and for repair and maintenance of laboratory and science equipment.
Seventeen regional science high schools will also get P1.15 million each in additional assistance. Moreover, DepEd allotted P2,000 per student in these schools based on last school year’s enrolment to further promote quality, science-oriented secondary education.
Also, 17 regional public secondary schools offering the special program for the arts (SPA) will be granted P500,000 each to improve their regular maintenance and other operating expenses.
According to the DepEd, these schools serve as the center for arts development that opens the door for students to develop their talents and produce trainers for other schools in the region, which intend to implement the same program.
“One of our mandates is to preserve and teach arts to subsequent generations of artistically-inclined students,” said Luistro.
Moreover, the DepEd said that the additional funds can be used in the students’ training in DepEd-approved art festivals and competitions as well as to procure art supplies and for the training, professional upgrading enrollment in a master's degree and/or scholarship of teachers.