Promise 27: Expand government assistance to private education

Posted at 07/25/2010 12:27 AM | Updated as of 07/25/2014 12:24 AM

The Promise

''Private education must be a partner in producing quality education in the country. I intend to expand GASTPE (Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education) to a target of 1 million private HS students every year through education service contracting (ESC) while doing away with the wasteful education voucher system (EVS) of this administration.
''I will expand government assistance to private education. A strong private school system will strengthen our public schools by providing parents an alternative and not adding to the overcrowding.''


In progress

June 24, 2014 – The CHED, DOLE, and TESDA are appealing to Congress to create an estimated P30 billion stabilization fund to help mitigate the effects of the K-12 program. They also presented an action plan that includes an expanded Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) program. (Continue reading)

February 25, 2014 - Private educational institutions welcomed the government's plan for a voucher system in giving financial assistance to incoming students in senior high school under the K to 12 program. (Continue reading)

November 25, 2013 - Several of the country’s top conglomerates have expressed renewed interest in the government-approved public-private partnership (PPP) projects. These companies are just waiting for the terms of reference to gauge the viability of previously announced but amended PPP ventures and new projects being offered, executives said. (Continue reading)

October 25, 2013 - Around 500 classrooms in Regions 3 and 4-A were turned over to the Department of Education (DepEd) as part of the public-private partnership (PPP) for School Infrastructure Project Phase 1 (PSIP 1). (Continue reading)

June 3, 2013 - The Teachers' Dignity Coalition on Monday said more students are transferring from private schools to public schools due to higher tuition in private educational institutions. (Continue reading)

May 3, 2012 - The education service contracting (ESC) scheme slot for grade 7 has increased to 310,709 slots for school year 2013-2014. (Continue Reading)

June 14, 2012 - Over 370,000 incoming grade 7 students received subsidies under the GASTPE program this school year 2012-2013. (Continue Reading)

June 3, 2012 - The Department of Education doubled the number of public school scholars under the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) program. (Continue Reading)

May 23, 2012 -The Department of Education increased subsidy for first year students who are enrolling in private high schools outside the National Capital Region under the Education Service Contracting program. From P5,500, the subsidy has been increased to P6,500 per year. (Continue Reading)

May 3, 2012 - The DepEd has updated its policies and guidelines on the implementation of the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Program, which will be effective for school year 2012-2013. (Continue Reading)

April 24, 2012 - [...] “Aabot na sa isang milyon ang mga GASTPE grantees at bahagya na nating maiitaas ang subsidy sa mga pribadong paaralan sa halagang P6,500 bawat estudyante bawat taon." (Continue Reading)

July 25, 2011 - The budget also includes P5.8 billion for the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) program, which shall benefit 757,806 students for school year 2011-2012, a 9.54% increase over the 2010-2011 period. Furthermore, to ensure that more students from marginalized families benefit from the GASTPE Program, the tuition subsidy for students residing outside Metro Manila was increased from P5,000 to P5,500. (Continue Reading)

July 26, 2011 - “To support the expansion of GASTPE, P6.3 billion will support one million grantees in 2012, from 691,494 in 2010 and 757,401 in 2011. The amount is higher by P456 million from the 2011 appropriation of P5.8 billion.” (Continue Reading)