Science and technology students got a boost from the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) after the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the “Fast-tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013” (Republic Act No. 10612).
The law signed by DOST and DepEd aims to increase the number of science, technology, and engineering graduates by offering scholarships to deserving students in their third year of undergraduate study, based on their competitiveness and merit.
Additional incentives will also be provided to attract the graduates of the scholarship program into teaching science, mathematics and technology courses in public or private high schools, especially in their home regions.
“Mahalaga ang programang ito dahil mabibigyan ng kaukulang pansin ang mga mag-aaral na maging guro upang maging bihasa sa kursong agham, teknolohiya, at matematika,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.
“We need passionate individuals to push for careers in science and math, especially in developing the mindsets of the Filipino youth,” Former AGHAM party-list representative Angelo Palmones said.
The implementation of the RA 10612 is the “realization of Section 8 of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) law,” Palmones said.