Article IX

Section 16. Integrated System of Quality Education. - It shall be a top priority of the Bangsamoro Government to establish, maintain, and support a complete and integrated system of quality education, which shall be a subsystem of the national education system. The Bangsamoro Government shall develop an educational framework relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people. For this purpose, the Bangsamoro Government shall conform to the minimum standards set by the National Government.

The Bangsamoro Government shall institutionalize peace education in all levels of education.

Any school, college or university existing in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region as of the effectivity of this Organic Law, and such other schools and institutions that may be established hereinafter shall be deemed integral components of the educational system of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, and shall be governed by their respective charters. The National Government shall continue to support, enhance, and strengthen the Mindanao State University System.

The Chairperson of the appropriate committee in the Parliament shall be a member in the boards of the state universities and colleges in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

The Bangsamoro Government shall supervise and regulate private schools, including sectarian and nonsectarian institutions of learning in any level. Three (3) representatives of private schools shall have the right to participate in the deliberations of the appropriate Bangsamoro Government ministry, and Bangsamoro offices of the Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and other government agencies on matters dealing with private schools.

The right of sectarian and educational institutions to propagate their religious beliefs shall not be curtailed. The regional educational system shall not descriminiate against the sectarian educational institutions in any manner or form.

Section 17. Vocational, Technical,. Nonformal, and Special Education. - The thrusts and programs of vocational, technical, nonformal, and special education of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Regioneducational system for the poor, illiterate, out-of-school youth, persons with special needs, disadvantaged, and senior citizens shall be supportive and relevant to the human resource requirements of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, which shall conform to the minimum standards set by the National Government.

Section 18. Madaris Educational System, Islamic and Arabic Studies. - In cordination with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and the Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority, The Bangsamoro Government shall establish, maintain, and supervise Madaris education in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. In the case of Madaris teachers, the Civil Service Commission shall promulgate rules and regulations to set the standards for their qualifications, appointments, and promotions.

The Bangsamoro Government shall ensure the integration on the elementary and high school education curricula the teaching of Islamic and Arabic studies for Muslim pupils and students in public schools.

The Parliament shall enact legislation to develop and strengthen the Madaris educational system in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

Section 19. Tribal University System. - The Parliament shall create a tribal university system in the Bangsamoro Government to address the higher educational needs of the non-Moro indigenous peoples.

The Parliament shall pass a law to recognize and support the indigenous peoples' educational system for its integration in the Bangsamoro educational system.

Section 20. Physical Education, Sports Development, and Bangsamoro Sports Commission. - The Bangsamoro educational system shall develop and maintain an integrated and comprehensive , physical education program. It shall develop healthy, disciplined, innovative, and productive individuals, and promote sportmanship, cooperation, and teamwork.

The Bangsamoro educational system shall encourage and supports programs, league competitions, indigenous games, martial arts, and amateur sports including training for regional, national, and international competitions.

The Parliament shall pass a law creating a Bangsamoro sports commission.

ACCESS TO HIGHER AND MODERN EDUCATION (AHME) PORTAL

The Access to Higher and Modern Education (AHME) Scholarship Program also known as the Bangsamoro IQ Scholar is a flagship scholarship program of the Bangsamoro Government implemented by the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE). It is a program that complements existing higher education scholarship, subsidy, loan, and similar programs implemented in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) for qualified senior high school and ALS graduates in the region and gives priority to qualified combatants, their children, orphans, or surviving spouses in line with post-conflict rehabilitation and development efforts of the Bangsamoro Government. It will provide PhP 60,000.00 per student per academic year to a total of 1,400 qualified student beneficiaries region-wide.

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