01 December 2014
In a bid to beef up the Philippines’ pool of Science and Technology teachers, a total of 500 third year college students passed the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) exam administered nationwide on 18 October 2014 to qualify for the 2-3 year S&T scholarships and become future S&T educators.
The JLSS is a scholarship program of the DOST-SEI under the Republic Act (RA) No. 10612, titled “An Act Expanding the Coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program and Strengthening the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools”. Otherwise known as the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”, this law builds on the current S&T scholarships offered by the DOST-SEI as provided for in RA 7687 or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994.”
The implementation of R.A. 10612 supports the execution of Section 8 of the K to 12 law which urges the hiring of teachers from among the graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.