The ESC Program aims to democratize and improve access to quality junior high school education through government extension of financial assistance to deserving elementary school graduates who wish to pursue their junior high school education in private schools. By providing support to students in private schools, the Program also contributes towards reducing class sizes in public junior high schools to desired levels, especially for those experiencing shortage of classrooms and techers. Thus, the ESC is one means by which the government is able to decongest public junior high schools.
Program beneficiaries in ESC participating private junior high schools are assured of the Government's commitment to support their education for as long as they meet the requirements for regular promotion to each of the succeeding school years until they graduate.
The ESC is a concrete demonstration of public-private partnership that is apparent at all levels of the program's operations. DepEd, the PEAC through its National Secetariat, and the participating private schools recognize the need to continuously monitor and evaluate the ESC. A database on the ESC has been developed and is being maintained. The DepEd shall allocate and obligate the anual GASTPE budget within the calendar year so that payments can be effected to the participating schools on time.
As part of the ESC program and pursuant to Section 14, "Teachers' Salary Subsidy Fund" (TSS) of RA 8545, the DepED has earmarked a portionof its GASTPE appropriations to finance the grant of salary subsidy to teachers in participating private secondary schools in the ESC Program. The grant of salary subsidy to licensed teachers in participating private junior high schools in the ESC program was implemented beginning in SY 2009-2010.