COA: Philippine Science High School must collect P6.58M from non-compliant scholars


Posted at Aug 20 2018 01:48 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Audit has instructed the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) to collect P6.58 million from some of its scholars who did not enroll in Science and Technology courses in college.

"One of the provisions in the Scholarship Agreement entered into by the school and scholars is the commitment of the latter to pursue a university degree in Science and Technology after completion of the Philippines Science High School curriculum and actual graduation," state auditors said in its 2017 annual report.

"Non-compliance would require refund of the monetary value of the scholarship award," the report read.

The Western Visayas Campus had sent "demand letters" to parents, while the Cordillera Administrative Region campus has yet to notify the concerned parties about the need to refund their scholarship grants, state auditors said.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) earlier said the country lacked scientists and engineers in the country as most science and technology graduates opt to work oversees.

The government is granting science and technology scholarships to encourage more students to pursue these fields, the DOST said.