Students avail of city’s scholarship program

05/31/10 - SOME high school graduates last March can avail of the city's scholarship program, said a Cebu City councilor.

Cebu City Councilor Jose Daluz III, chairman of the city council committee on budget and finance, said he couldn't get the exact number of those who availed of the program.

“Before June ends, we will check with City Treasurer’s Office as to how many students hava availed the scholarship,” Daluz said.

Daluz said most students, who availed of the program, were enrolled at Asian College of Technology, University of Cebu and Cebu Institute of Technology.

Last February, outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña announced that he would release P10,000 in cash aid for public high school graduates in urban barangays and P20,000 each for those in mountain barangays.

Osmeña said earlier that cash assistance would be paid directly to the school where the students wished to be enrolled. These schools should be paying taxes to the city.

Osmeña said he didn’t want the money released directly to the students, who may be tempted to use the money to buy cellular phones.

The scholarship aims to address the problem of high school graduates proceeding to college due to lack of funds.

The Department of Education statistics showed only three to four percent of the country’s high school graduates and 10 to 12 percent in Cebu City go to college. (Inquirer)

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