What is GASTPE?
GASTPE stands for Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education.
This was provided for by Republic Act (RA) 6728 called the GASTPE Act, which was amended by RA 8545 known as the Expanded GASTPE (E-GASTPE) Act.
E-GASTPE was further expanded by RA 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 to cover senior high school
What is FAPE? What is PEAC?
DepEd is the institutional owner and regulator of the GASTPE programs it implements through the PEAC.
Executive Order No. (EO) 156, s. 1968 created the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), a perpetual trust fund for financing programs of assistance to private education.
The same EO created the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) which serves as the trustee of FAPE.
PEAC has been contracted by DepEd to administer the GASTPE Programs: ESC, TSS, SHS VP, among others.
PEAC is represented nationally by its National Secretariat (PEAC NS) and in each region by its Regional Secretariats (PEAC RS).
EDUCATION SERVICE CONTRACTING (ESC)
What is ESC?
ESC is a GASTPE program wherein financial assistance (in the form of tuition subsidies) is extended to qualified elementary school graduates who wish to pursue Junior High School (JHS) – Grades 7 to 10 – in private schools.
How does ESC work?
JHSs apply and are certified by DepEd through PEAC to be part of the program.
JHSs that become ESC-participating schools are given a number of slots that come with subsidies called ESC grants.
Program beneficiaries are called ESC grantees.
Who are ESC grantees?
Those who want to be ESC grantees must enroll for Grade 7 in an ESC-participating school. Each ESC-participating school has a School Committee that will select Grade 7 ESC grantees. No new ESC grants are awarded at higher grade levels.
How are ESC grantees selected?
- Elementary graduate from a DepEd public school or DepEd-recognized private school
- Incoming Grade 7 student
- Has not been a recipient of the ESC in previous school years
- Filipino citizen
- ESC Application Form
- Recent Identical 2×2 ID photo (2 copies)
- For leaners with no learner profile in the Learner Information System (LIS): Certified true copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
- Certified Birth Certificate
- Grade 6 Report Card
- Proof of income of parents/guardian
- Selection is subject to the limited slots allocated to the ESC-participating school.
- Elementary graduates of DepEd public schools are automatic ESC grantees.
- For elementary graduates of DepEd-recognized private schools, the School Committee shall profile and assess the students based on the documentary requirements submitted.
How much is the ESC grant?
The amount of subsidy given to the grantee at Grade 7 is the same amount the grantee will receive until Grade 10.
However, if the total school fees declared by the school in the ESC Information Management System is lower than the amount of the ESC grant, the school will only be paid the total school fees.
What are the terms of the ESC grant?
The ESC grant starts at Grade 7 and covers only four years of JHS.
The grant remains in force for the next school year if the grantee is promoted to the next grade level and enrolls in an ESC-participating JHS. No maintaining grades are required of grantees.
The grant is terminated if a grantee does any of the following:
- Drops out in the middle of the school year
- Does not reenroll the following school year
- Fails to be promoted to the next grade level
- Transfers to a non-ESC-participating JHS
- Is suspended for more than two (2) weeks, dismissed or expelled by the ESC-participating JHS for disciplinary reasons
What if the ESC grantee has a valid reason for dropping out?
Grantees who drop out due to prolonged illness, accident, force majeure, or death of a parent or guardian may be reinstated in the ESC program, provided they submit relevant documents to the PEAC NS. The documents to be submitted are to support their claim e.g. for illness, a medical certificate issued by a licensed medical doctor.
Can ESC grantees transfer schools?
Transfers to another ESC-participating JHS are allowed.
In cases when the applicable subsidy amount of the releasing JHS is different from that of the accepting JHS, the accepting JHS will be paid the lower of the two applicable subsidy amounts.
The accepting school is responsible for reporting transfer details in the ESC Information Management System.
Can I give my ESC slot to someone else?
No, the ESC grant is not a legal tender and cannot be transferred from one student to another.
I had to transfer in the middle of the school year, I had no choice.
Involuntary transfers, such as when a school closes or is terminated from further participation in the ESC program, are allowed and considered special cases. Such cases shall be dealt with individually. ESC-participating SHSs that close shall promptly inform PEAC.