COTABATO CITY—A total of 3,256 aspiring Bangsamoro Assistance for Science Education (BASE) grantees in the region have taken the Ministry of Science Technology’s (MOST) BASE Qualifying Examination from August 23 to September 7, 2021.
With full observance of health protocols, the examination was held at different provinces in the BARMM region: Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Cotabato; Ibn Taimiyah in Sultan Kudarat and Paglas National High School, Datu Paglas, both in Maguindanao; DICT Basilan, Midsayap, and North Cotabato, MOST Lanao Provincial Office, Pandapatan Building in Marawi City; and MOST Sulu and Tawi-Tawi Provincial Offices.
Senior highschool students, who took the examination, are enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) strands and Non-STEM strands that belong to the top 5 percent of their graduating class.
BASE grant was part of MOST’s Science Education, Scholarships, Grants and Awards or SESGA Programs that aims to provide scholarship programs for deserving students with high scholastic records.
Out of 3,256 students, only 188 grantees are fortunate to be assisted by the ministry where the latter allocated a total of Php7,520,000.00 for the first semester of the school year 2021-2022.
SESGA Head Rocaya Edres said, “we are overwhelmed with the number of applications for the 2021 BASE Program, but we can only accommodate a total of 188 grantees for the second batch.”
The qualifying examination result will be released on the third week of September 2021 and will be posted to MOST official Facebook page and website.
All eligible awardees will receive monthly cash assistance amounting to Php8,000.00 from MOST’s BASE grants. (Bangsamoro Information Office)