Scholarships by chance
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Buy a ticket, win a scholarship.
That seems to be the come-on for a concert featuring a pop singer to be held in Bacolod City on Friday. As earlier announced, there will be 1,000 scholarships to be raffled and those whose numbers are lucky, will receive the prize from the office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Isn’t this a rather unusual way to earn a scholarship? Who are qualified to be included in the raffle? A dispatch from organizers reportedly says that the only requirement is that one must be a Filipino citizen, at least 15 years old with a high school diploma, and physically fit to undergo training.
Does this mean that a high school graduate, who barely made it, and finished school after repeating each year three times, and is now 40 years old, but physically fit, is qualified? And would a millionaire’s daughter, or an heiress, who happens to be a lucky ticket holder, also earn the right to a scholarship?
One thousand scholarships to be raffled out on Friday in Bacolod! A hasty statement from TESDA, after complaints came up at the announcements, backtracked and said only 100 will be raffled out. But 100 or 1,000 – how will that affect the 375 deserving ones who were deprived of their recommended scholarships because a politician allegedly wanted them scrapped?
Maybe those who win the raffle will turn out deserving, too. The puzzle is, why did the TESDA make all those noises about not having enough funds, when it is just giving such scholarships away freely as raffle prizes?
A report from Dagupan about a similar concert said the TESDA director general even performed a dance number with the pop singer. Was that intended to motivate the would-be scholars?
How strange indeed, are the ways in which this government delivers its programs to the people these days!*