Friday, August 9, 2013

DepEd to work with indigenous peoples on the use of school sites within ancestral domains

From the Website of DEP-ED

The Department of Education has increased by 24% the number of slots for Grade 7 students availing of tuition fee subsidy in private schools under the education service contracting scheme (ESC).
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro said that from 250,896 slots in school year 2012-2013, the ESC slots for Grade 7 students has been increased to 310,709 slots for school year 2013-2014.
ESC is a scheme under the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) wherein the government subsidizes the tuition fee of students who enroll in private schools because public secondary schools cannot accommodate them anymore. It is jointly implemented by DepEd and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE).
The subsidy is P6,500 per student in participating schools outside the National Capital Region and P10,000 per student in private schools in the NCR.
“The decision to accommodate more students under the ESC is part of our continuing thrust to democratize access to quality education across the country,” added Luistro.
DepEd and FAPE determined the distribution of Grade 7 slots under the ESC based on public school shortage in the regions, schools division and municipalities. “We also put weight in the participating schools’ compliance to performance-based standards.
Based on DepEd Memo No. 65 series of 2013, the total number of Grade 7 slots comprises the actual number of grantees in the previous school year, which are fixed, plus additional slots in areas where there are serious overcrowding.
Another basis for the allocation of additional slots is the certification/accreditation ratings given to compliant schools as of March 18, 2013.


PASIG CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)have entered into an agreement to facilitate discussions with indigenous peoples’ communities on the use of some 2,000 school sites located within their ancestral domains.

 A memorandum of agreement was signed today by Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC and NCIP chairperson Zenaida Brigida Pawid that outlines the steps in consulting and validating the consent of indigenous peoples’ communities for DepEd’s use of the school sites within ancestral domains.

“In partnership with indigenous peoples’ communities, we would like to address the land issues related to existing school sites within ancestral domains. Furthermore, we are keen to work with the communities in protecting these areas and ensuring that education services provided by these schools are relevant and responsive to the wellbeing of the community and the ancestral domain,” said Luistro.

DepEd has around 46,000 school sites across the country where public elementary and secondary schools are located. Approximately 2,000 of these school sites are situated in ancestral lands. “Some of these lands are supposed to have been donated but we need to verify these,” explained Luistro.

The MOA between DepEd and the NCIP stipulates that after the conduct of research, verification, and survey of the school sites, usufruct agreements between DepEd and the concerned indigenous cultural communities will be executed.





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