SEPT.

18, 2013

NR # 3230B

Solon bats for scholarship grants for deserving students availing of LEP
A lawmaker is proposing scholarship grants to deserving technical-vocational education and training (TVET) students and workers availing themselves of the ladderized education program (LEP). Rep. Marcelino “Marcy” R. Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City) said the provision on the scholarship grant is one of the salient features of House Bill 455 which seeks to strengthen the ladderized interface between technical-vocational education and training and higher education. “This is in addition to the present scholarship programs being implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA),” Teodoro said. Teodoro said the CHED and the TESDA should include in their respective budgets the provision of scholarships, grants and loans to deserving students to ensure the effective implementation and greater nationwide impact of the LEP. Ladderized education, as defined under the bill, is the harmonization of all education and training mechanisms that allow students and workers to progress between technical-vocational and college courses and programs, or vice versa. The measure establishes a permanent National Coordinating Technical Committee composed of CHED and TESDA personnel to monitor and ensure the effective implementation of the LEP. It also mandates the CHED and TESDA to formulate a unified qualifications framework that establishes equivalency pathways and access ramps in ladderized education. Teodoro said the bill seeks to open the pathways of opportunity for career and educational progression of students and workers, achieve a seamless and borderless education and empower students and workers to exercise options or to choose when to enter and exit from the educational ladder. “The passage of the bill would create job platforms at every exit and the opportunity to earn income, as well as solve the problem of structural employment or skills and job mismatch,” Teodoro said. (30) mvip

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