According to a press release dated Wednesday, August 12, 424 recipients of the Merit Scholarship Program (CMSP) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) are in danger of losing their scholarships if the higher educational institutions (HEIs) will not provide them with numerical grades for the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Unlike the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) and Tulong Dunong grants, the CMSP is awarded to students based purely on academic performance, thus CMSP scholars are required to maintain a general weighted average (GWA) of the following:
According to CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III, "the problem was caused by HEIs (higher education institutions) who did a 'pass all' policy in their 2nd semester...If the HEIs will not give them numeric grades, what will be the basis to determine if the students will get financial assistance from the government?"
CHED has therefore written to the presidents of the following HEIs who have adopted a 'pass all' policy, to urge them to immediately provide numerical grades:
The 17 schools have until October 30, 2020 to submit the students' numeric grades to the CHED Regional Offices (CHEDROs), in order for CHED to properly evaluate the students' GWAs and determine their scholarship eligibility.