By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) today reminded that incoming Grade 11 students who wish to avail of the Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) for School Year (SY) 2018-2019 only have until the end of this month to apply.
DepEd, in coordination with the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), is reminding the public on the April 27 deadline of the SHS VP application, which has been reopened on April 2.
Upon the recommendation of Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations Jesus Mateo and Undersecretary for Finance-Disbursements and Accounting Victoria Catibog, through a memorandum dated March 28, the reopening of the application aims to accommodate a greater number of Grade 10 completers for school year 2018-2019, and to provide them with the option to enroll in private schools, state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local universities and colleges (LUCs) including technical and vocational schools offering the SHS Program.
DepEd said “all applications this April must be accomplished online” by accessing the PEAC’s Online Voucher Application Program (OVAP) at http://ovap.deped.gov.ph. Applicants are also advised to refer to DepEd Order 60, s. 2017, or “Guidelines on the Application for the Senior High School Voucher Program for School Year 2018-2019.” Other concerns on the Educational Service Contracting (ESC) and the SHS Voucher Program may be directed to [email protected]
The SHS VP, DepEd said, is “one of the several initiatives of the government to make basic education accessible and affordable for Filipino learners nationwide.” Earlier, DepEd announced that the vouchers of those who applied in December 2017 until February 2018 have been released and are already available online.
“Qualified Voucher Applicants (QVAs) may now download their QVA Certificates from the Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) at ovap.deped.gov.ph.,” DepEd said. To access the QVA Certificate, DepEd instructed online applicants to log in to their OVAP account. For manual applicants, they may use the “Search” function in the OVAP website.
The nationwide application for the SHS VP for school year 2018-2019 was opened on December 6, 2017. The deadline for manual application was on January 31 while the online application deadline was set until February 28.
All Grade 10 completers in SY 2017-2018 that are enrolled in DepEd-recognized private schools and are not Educational Service Contracting (ESC) grantees are eligible to apply for the SHS VP. However, the following learners are not eligible to apply for the SHS VP: high school graduates in March 2015 or earlier; Grade 10 completers earlier than SY 2017-2018; incoming Grade 12 students who were not part of the SHS VP in Grade 11; and students who are not Filipino citizens.
This year, learners who took or will take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) test and the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) in the current school year shall be eligible to avail of the SHS VP – provided they passed, are certified for admission to Grade 11 in SY 2018-2019, and received their certification not later than May 31, 2018 are also eligible for the SHS VP. They may submit their application manually until June 15, 2018.
DepEd reminded that all public school Grade 10 completers i.e. those in public junior high schools (JHSs) and state and local universities and colleges (SUCs/LUCs), and all private school Grade 10 completers that are ESC grantees are automatically qualified for vouchers and do not have to apply.
The SHS VP is a financial aid for Grade 10 completers who wish to continue their Grade 11 and Grade 12 education in private high schools, private or public universities or colleges, and technical-vocational institutions offering SHS. Voucher amounts will depend on the location of the school the learner wishes to go to.