Over 54,000 private school students benefited from Bayanihan 2 subsidy – CHED

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) – Over 54,000 private school students have benefited from the subsidy institutionalized under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said on Tuesday that a total of 54,761 private school students who have unpaid tuition and miscellaneous fees each received a ₱5,000 grant under the Bayanihan 2 for Higher Education Tulong Program.

CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III said around ₱300-million funds were released to 927 private schools to help the students continue their education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“CHED thanks President Duterte, as well as the members of the Congress and the Senate, for listening to the plea of students during the COVID-19 pandemic and including an amelioration package for affected students, particularly in private universities and for helping our affected students continue their studies,” De Vera said.

Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan 2 Act mandates the provision of subsidies and allowances to qualified public and private school students in elementary, secondary, and tertiary education whose families are facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) thanked CHED for ensuring the continuity of education despite the health crisis.

“The timely government assistance to students in private higher education institutions (HEIs) through the Bayanihan 2 has complemented the efforts of the private higher education sector, particularly on innovation while also looking after the health and welfare of their students,” said COCOPEA managing director Joseph Noel Estrada.

Public and private educational institutions in the country are implementing blended learning for the Academic Year 2020-21 due to the movement restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are attending their classes through video conferencing apps and dedicated radio and television shows. Modules are also provided to the students to aid their learning.