April 17, 2021 – As part of its commitment to deliver quality basic education, the Department of Education (DepEd) encouraged high school science and mathematics teachers to apply for a graduate scholarship program provided by the government, through the Part-Time Scholarship for Science and Mathematics Teachers of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

“These challenges are confronting us and as we face this pandemic [and] I doubt that this will be our last pandemic, there will be more of them. We’ll be needing more scientists, more people in science and technology,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

As indicated in DepEd Memorandum No. 15, s. 2021, the grant is open to High School Science and Mathematics (S&M) teachers who are currently employed with teaching load and have teaching experience of less than seven years. Moreover, awardees shall have a PhP 20,000 tuition grant per semester and a PhP 60,000 thesis grant.

This program aims to make graduate education more accessible to talented Science and Mathematics (S&M) teachers who are financially constrained to pursue graduate studies; upgrade the teaching of S&M in the secondary level through teacher education programs; and to accelerate the development of critical mass experts in science and mathematics education.

“We educators must always strive for lifelong learning. We need to be constantly educated, and we must always strive to possess mastery in our fields. It is important that we do this so we can impart new learnings to our learners,” Sec. Briones emphasized.

Additionally, the said program is under the Capacity Building Program in Science and Mathematics Education (CBPSME), in collaboration with the National Consortium in Graduate Science and Mathematics Education and the S&T Regional Alliance of Universities for National Development (STRAND).

There are 16 CBPSME and three (3) STRAND universities all over the Philippines that will serve as study placements for the scholarship.

Further information about the grant is available at the official website of SEI-DOST at www.sei.dost.gov.ph.