Third year college students who are currently enrolled in priority science and technology courses may apply for the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) Program under the new Republic Act 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013”.
The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is now accepting applications for the said scholarship to enable graduates of the program to teach in secondary schools after graduation, as stipulated in the newly-passed law.
Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI, said the Program seeks to address the shortage of quality teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in secondary schools.
Forty-three (43) scholar-graduates who recently finished their degrees with honors and placed high in their licensure exams were recognized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) during the celebration of the 2014 Southern Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair in Legaspi City, Albay.
The ceremony was part of the “In Touch with Excellence” awarding program of SEI which it conducted in July.
SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo, who led the awarding ceremony, congratulated the honorees for demonstrating excellence and passion for science. She said “the country needs more engineers, scientists, researchers, biologists, chemists, and other S & T manpower to drive economic development”.
Graduate scholarship slots provided by the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) are expected to increase next year.
This, as the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resources Development Program – Science Education Consortium (ASTHRDP-SEC) welcomes universities in Luzon offering master’s and doctoral programs in Science and Mathematics Education (SME).
During the 2014 National Science and Technology Week celebration, a Memorandum of Understanding among the member universities of the ASTHRDP-SEC was signed to officially include Ateneo de Manila University, Bicol University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mariano Marcos State University and Philippine Normal University in the National Consortium in Graduate Science and Mathematics Education, joining the original members - West Visayas State University, University of San Carlos, Western Mindanao State University, and Mindanao State University – Marawi City.
Championing innovation as an approach to effective science education, two schools from Surigao City and Albay topped this year’s search for innovative methods in teaching science and mathematics for large and extra-large classes.
Surigao City National High School and Tabaco National High School bagged the 2nd Search for Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes for Effective Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics, receiving P100, 000 each and a plaque of recognition for their innovative strategies.
Surigao City National High School was awarded for their project entitled Beating the Numbers Through Strategic Intervention Materials (SIM): Innovative Science Teaching in Large Classes (Grade 8) which refers to a learning package composed of “guide cards, hands-on and minds-on activities, enrichment exercises, and others” that are introduced into the teaching methods to stimulate learning among Grade 8 pupils in Science and Technology.