THE Department of Education (DepEd) will provide government subsidy through the Senior High School Voucher Program to finance or subsidize Grade 10 completers from public high school, who want to transfer to private high schools, or private or public colleges and universities for their Grades 11 and 12.

This was stressed by Education Assistant Secretary Elvin Uy, who attended the 2nd Education Summit for Negros Occidental’s Third District in Silay City Tuesday,

For the City of Silay, it will be P17,500 per student per year if the student comes from a public high school. If the student is from a private high school, he or she will get 80 percent of the P17,500, or P14,000 per student per year. If the student will enroll in a public college or university, they get half of the P17,500 or P8,750.

This can help parents defray expenses for senior high school education, Uy said.

He added that DepEd will ensure that there will be enough physical facilities for next school year.

“By January 1, 2016, we should start the hiring for senior high school teachers once the 2016 budget is in effect. DepEd is on track as far as K to 12 is concerned,” Uy said.

He acknowledged that there are costs associated with senior high school education apart from tuition fees such as transportation, uniforms, projects, allowances, land earning materials.

“But such costs are also investment. Before K to 12 became a law, we look at studies here and abroad, and the return of investment of additional education, it has been proven worldwide that additional years in education have good benefits to the individual and to the household,” the DepEd official said.

For every 100 high school graduates right now, or those who finish the four-year high school program, only about half of them go to college.

The other half either stay idle for a year or two or try to find work as a minor wherein they are prone to abuse.

“So what the senior high school program does actually is give everyone two more years of good education that prepares them for different tracks and specialization to enrich them or prepare them for further education.

That is a worthy investment for the family and even for the government,” Uy added.