DepEd to subsidize
Senior High School fees through voucher program
CITY, Oct. 28 -- The Department of Education (DepEd) will be subsidizing
fees of Grade 10 completers from public and private Junior High Schools (JHS)
who want to enroll in a (1) private high school, (2) private university or
college, (3) state or local university or college, or (4)
technical-vocational school, which will offer Senior High School (SHS)
starting SY 2016-2017.
The detailed guidelines on the implementation of the SHS Voucher Program
(VP) through DepEd Order 46, s. 2015 states that all Grade 10 completers of
public JHS, including state universities and colleges (SUCs)/local
universities and colleges (LUCs) JHS are qualified voucher recipients (QVR)
and will receive the full voucher value. Grade 10 Education Service
Contracting (ESC) grantees from ESC participating schools are also QVRs and
will be given 80% of the voucher value.
Non-ESC students from private JHS can apply for vouchers subject to an
assessment of their socioeconomic status. If deemed qualified, they will
also receive 80% of the voucher value.
A qualified voucher recipient who successfully enrolls in a non-DepEd SHS
Provider becomes a Voucher Program Beneficiary (VPB). The SHS Voucher
Program will only cover two years, regardless of the number of years it
takes for the student to finish SHS. Vouchers are only valid if redeemed
within the first semester of the school year immediately after the
completion of JHS. Voucher payments will be released on a per semester basis
to the SHS provider where the VPB is enrolled.
A VPB will face disqualification from participation in the SHS VP if he/she
drops out in the middle of the school year; does not re-enroll the following
school year (unless the reason for leaving school is due to health reasons
and that the period of medical leave is not more than one school year); is
retained in the same grade level; transfers to another SHS provider within
the school year; and/or transfers to a DepEd SHS provider.
A VPB is allowed to shift to another strand or track after the 1st semester
of Grade 11 within the same school or after Grade 11 whether in the same
school or to another school.
Application for vouchers shall commence on the second Monday of November,
and shall end on the third Friday of January for manual submissions or
second Friday of February for online submissions. The Private Education
Assistance Committee (PEAC) shall post the results on its website on the
third Friday of March.
Qualified applicants will be given QVR certificates through the Online
Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) website (http://ovap.deped.gov.ph). They
are required to attend the registration program to be scheduled by the PEAC
National Secretariat at selected areas in the regions.
For more information, visit http://www.deped.gov.ph/orders/do-46-s-2015.