338 Students Should Return Excessive Scholarship Grants Say COA
The Commission on Audit (COA) calls out 338 students to return the excessive scholarship grants they received from the government.
The follow-up call was prompted by Rep. France Castro of the ACT Teachers raising concern about the doubling of student scholarship funds during budget deliberation. According to the report, some students have been awarded multiple scholarships by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and other governmental organizations.
The lesser amount of the scholarship money is being returned to the students, according to Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin, who sponsored the CHED budget. Each student will give back roughly P15,000 in total. He stressed that some people are taking chances while others are unaware that it is forbidden.
“Naiintindihan po natin na nangyayari ito kasi dalawang bagay—yung iba nagbabakasakali pwede rin po Mr. Speaker na yung iba ay hindi nila alam na hindi pwede. The Commission assures us that they will be more aggressive in informing the general public not to avail of duplicate scholarships because the risk of reimbursing at the end is really there,” said Garin
Garin meantime urged Erwin Tulfo, secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to assist these students. For students to pay CHED, they have programs like Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) that can be withdrawn.
” We are humbly asking Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo, may mga programa sila gaya ng Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) na maaaring paghugutan para makabayad na ang ating mga estudyante sa CHED. This is to free them from debt at wala na silang alalahanin na may utang silang dapat na bayaran, malaki ang halaga na ito na baka ipangutang pa nga ng mga estudyante o kanilang magulang,” said Garin.
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