The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Abra Provincial Office is urging applicants for the Freshman Admissions Examination to the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) to file their application forms to the DOST office earlier to catch up with the deadline.

In an interview with Mr. Menandro Buenafe of the DOST-Abra, he advised applicants to file their application forms at least two days before the deadline of submission to the Regional Office to give time for the provincial office to send the applications.

The deadline for submission of applications at the DOST-CAR is on August 31, 2009. However, applicants may submit their forms directly at the PSHS campuses on or before September 9, 2009.

The schedule of examination is November 7, 2009.

The PSHS which operates under one system of governance and management provides scholarships to students with exceptionally high aptitude in science and mathematics. It offers an education that is humanistic in spirit, global in perspective, and patriotic in orientation.

The curriculum of the PSHS has emphasis on science and mathematics, and the development of well-rounded individuals as it prepares students for careers in Science and Technology (S&T) in order that they would contribute to nation building in the future by helping the country attain a critical mass of professionals and leaders in S&T.

Scholarship privileges in the PSHS are fabulous. Scholars are given free tuition fee, free loan of textbooks, monthly stipend, uniform, transportation and living allowances especially those who belong to the low income groups.

Who are eligible for PSHS National Competitive Examination? Graduating elementary pupils from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education who belong to the upper 10% of the current graduating class as certified by the School Principal. However, pupils who have special aptitude in science and math as evidenced by the report card and a recommendation letter, with at least a grade of 85 in all subjects on the 5th and 6th grade may apply even if they do not belong to the upper 10% of the graduating class.

The applicant is a Filipino citizen and has no pending application as immigrant to any country; must not be more than 15 years old by June 30, 2010; must be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program; must be of good moral character; and must not have taken the PSHS NCE previously.

Applicants are required to accomplish the Application Form in duplicate copies with 2 identical 1×1 ID pictures accompanied by a copy of the report card and letter of recommendation if the applicant does not belong to the upper 10% of the current graduating class. Testing fee is P100.00 for applicants coming from private schools while pupils from public schools are free.

Application forms are now available at the DOST – Abra offices based in the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST) in Lagangilang and at the Provincial Capitol Annex Building in Banged as well as the Philippine Information Agency also in the Provincial Capitol Annex Building.

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