Caloocan school denies imposing no vax, no scholarship policy

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By Billy Begas

St. Clare College-Caloocan City has denied the allegation that it is imposing a ‘no vaccination, no scholarship’ policy.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the school “will never come up with such policy and is forever committed to providing affordable and quality education to the Filipino youth.”

The school said what it posted is about the entry of individuals into the campus during COVID ALERT LEVEL 3 requiring individuals to present vaccination cards before entering the school.

“This policy is in compliance with the CALOOCAN CITY ORDINANCE NO. 0959 Series of 2022 limiting the entrance of individuals in all establishments in the city to protect the citizens against the spread of COVID VIRUS,” the statement read.

St. Clare College also said that it has been providing scholarships since 1987 through ERNESTO M. ADALEN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. It currently has more than 3,000 scholars and “will continue to help deserving students to achieve their dreams.”

In a statement entitled ‘No vax, no scholarship’ in Caloocan school betrays right to education’, Kabataan party-list alleged that St. Clare College has issued guidelines for the release of “usually delayed” Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) grants from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“The guidelines stated that only vaccinated grantees are allowed to process their government scholarship. They are required to present their vaccination cards upon making the transaction,” the Kabataan statement read.

Kabataan party-list also linked the alleged guidelines to President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to restrict the mobility of unvaccinated individuals.