MANILA (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers have filed a bill granting scholarships to public school teachers and their children.
Reps. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) filed House Bill 3035 to uplift the personal integrity of teachers by extending them proper recognition and the corresponding benefits.
Under the measure, to be known as the Scholarship Grants to Public School Teachers and their Children Act of 2013, public school teachers who are in active service for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to the date of application for the grant shall be eligible to avail of the scholarship grants to enrol in any masteral or post graduate course.
Also covered by free education are only the legitimate children of public school teachers covering pre-school, elementary, secondary and tertiary education.
Retired public school teachers are likewise entitled but only to a proportional amount of scholarship grant for their children.
The scholarship grant shall be applicable in all public schools and state universities upon passing the requirements set by the respective schools.
Public school teachers who have been charged and proven to have committed acts of professional misconduct shall forfeit their eligibility to avail of the grant for themselves and for their children as well.
Arroyo said the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers Act of 1966 or Republic Act 4670 was passed into law to help promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers. (MNS)