Free college education for public school teachers’ children sought
A lawmaker is seeking to grant free college education to a dependent child of a public school teacher.
Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers), Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, authored House Bill 4077 to address the sad plight of the public school teachers.
“In spite of the enactment of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers in 1966, teachers have been waiting in vain for the benefits intended to somehow ease their hardships,” Tinio said.
“By shouldering the educational expenses of a teacher’s child, the government shall provide substantial economic relief for teachers, give due recognition to their dedication and hard work and enhance the status of the teaching profession,” Tinio said.
The measure seeks to uplift the economic condition of public school teachers through the provision of a non-wage benefit in the form of free tuition and other fees for their dependent children who are admitted to public post-secondary education institutions.
The bill exempts a public school teacher’s dependent child from paying tuition and all other fees provided he or she meets the minimum requirements of the state university, college or any public technical/vocational schools under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“If both spouses are public school teachers, the exemption shall apply to two dependent children,” Tinio said.
The Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and TESDA shall jointly promulgate the implementing rules and regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of the measure.