HomeSMCC Higher Education Research Journalvol. 2 no. 1 (2016)

The Facilitating and the Hindering Factors in the Implementation of Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Program and Its Contribution to the Participating Secondary Schools

Merly Pabatang-abiva



The study was initiated to determine both the hindering and facilitating factors in the implementation of Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education program and its contribution to the participating secondary schools in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte, Caraga Region, Philippines. Descriptive research design was used with 902 respondents: ten school heads, 108 teachers, 392 ESC grantee-students and 392 parents of the ESC grantees. DepEd Orders were utilized as one of the references. The statistical tools used were Mean, Frequency Count, and ANOVA one way. Results showed that GASTPE has improved the school quality and maintained financial viability of the private secondary schools, improved the standards of the school, cost-effective, helps keep the teachers stay in school for long ; makes secondary education accessible to students even the poor and marginalized. Meanwhile, refusal of the principals to declare “aisle” students; lack of parental support, and the
amount of subsidy and distance of home from school are the hindering factors. The study concludes that GASTPE has improved the performance of the beneficiary schools and has met what is expected per guidelines of Implementation.