ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio filed a bill yesterday granting free post-secondary education in state educational institutions to the children of public elementary and high school teachers.
House Bill 4077, “An Act Granting Free Post-Secondary Education in State Universities and Colleges and Public Technical and Vocational Schools to Dependent Children of Public Elementary and High School Teachers,” is meant to provide a substantial non-wage benefit to public school teachers.
The bill exempts one dependent child of a public school teacher from paying tuition and all other fees in any state university or college or state-run technical or vocational school. The exemption shall apply to two dependent children should both parent be public school teachers.
“By shouldering this cost, the state shall give due recognition to the dedication and hard work of teachers and enhance the status of the teaching profession,” said Tinio. He noted that barangay officials have already been granted a similar benefit under Republic Act 7160, the Local Government Code of 1991.