One of the fears of many teachers upon the implementation of the K to 12 program was the displacement of many of its faculty members due to the changes. True enough, 3,272 personnel have already been displaced from their schools since the beginning of the program last year according to CHED data and it the numbers would only keep increasing.
To remedy the situation, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced that they will open nominations for scholarship grants for graduate studies of teachers who were affected by the transition to the K-12 program.
According to CHED’s statement, all public and private higher education institutions can now nominate both teaching and non-teaching staff displaced by the K-12 program for full scholarships for masters or doctoral studies. A monthly living allowance of Php 20,000 and Php 28,000 will also be provided respectively.
CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan said that the government agency recognizes that the implementation of the program is taking a toll on enrollment in educational institutions, as well as the teaching loads and income of the faculty. However, instead of focusing on the negative aspect, they would turn the challenges into opportunities by improving the qualifications of the teachers while keeping them employed.
Furthermore, CHED is also accepting application for Sectoral Engagement Grants, wherein both teaching and non-teaching staff may participate in immersion and extension work in industry, civil society, and government partners to align their instruction with actual field practices.
For nominations and applications for graduate studies, simply submit online through http://online.chedk12.com on or before March 31. The 2nd quarter rollout of the sectoral engagement grants is also on March 31.