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Gan: Scholarship measures academic performance

COUNCILOR Leon Gan suggested to his co-legislators recently that the term scholarship should not be used in the newly approved ordinance providing for the Scholarship Code 2018, authored by Councilor Suzette Magtajas Daba, chair of the committee on education.

The councilor remarked that scholarship measures academic performance and achievements. He said that the council can help the poor by channeling it to another department in another means, but not as a scholarship program because the term “scholarship” has a technical meaning.

“We have to observe and apply the meaning because we are establishing a law and there are technical terms for us to use the same,” Gan stressed.

As to the other requirements stated in the code, Gan suggested that it would be much better if it applies not only for students who finished high school but also to the native Kagay-anons who should be given priority as well.

Furthermore, Gan suggested that if possible, for the resident requirements, scholars must have finish elementary and high school in the city, and not just for six (6) months residency only, otherwise more students from the province will come to the city and become scholars.

The councilor said he is not against the ordinance, and as a matter of fact he is willing to stand on the pillar with the proponent, Councilor Suzette Magtajas-Daba. (EF)

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