Two scholarship programs of the government will continue despite the ongoing investigation to determine the legitimacy of millions of pesos which the government is indebted to more than 5,000 schools all over the country because of the so-called unfunded vouchers.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial director Toni June Tamayo said as far as Negros Oriental is concerned, initial audit results showed the absence of “ghost scholars” in the 35-TESDA accredited schools.
Tamayo stressed it is but fitting for government to ascertain such scholars are existing before payments are made, even as random checking is made to account for the list of TESDA scholars.
In 2009, there were a total of 784 trained for work scholars in the province and another 428 last year. All of them were accounted for.
More than P700 million is allotted for the Train for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) to be divided among the provinces. The new round of the scholarship program starts in June this year, Tamayo said.
Aside from the TWSP, private schools are offering a scholarship program under the Private Education Students Financial Assistance (PESFA) with a budget of P3.3 million this year in Negros Oriental.
The amount is divided among the three districts, as follows: P800,000 for the first, P1.5 million for the 2nd district and P1 million for the third district.
The audit reports showed there were a total of 439 PESFA scholars last year and 373 allotted for this year. (PNA)