PBEd Urges Private Sector to Help Review Tech-Voc Education Track

The Philippine Department of Education and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority signed a joint memorandum circular to integrate technical-vocational education and training into the senior high school curriculum. The Philippine Business for Education is calling for private sector involvement in reviewing the TVET track to ensure industry support and employment opportunities for graduates.

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PBEd Urges Private Sector to Help Review Tech-Voc Education Track

PBEd Urges Private Sector to Help Review Tech-Voc Education Track

The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is calling for private sector involvement in reviewing the technical-vocational education and training (TVET) track in the basic education program. This push comes after the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) signed a joint memorandum circular to embed TVET in the revised senior high school (SHS) curriculum.

Why this matters: The integration of TVET in the SHS curriculum has significant implications for the country's workforce development and economic growth. By producing workforce-ready graduates, the initiative can help address labor shortages and improve the overall competitiveness of the Philippine economy.

The joint circular aims to strengthen the SHS curriculum and delivery by integrating TESDA's technical-vocational training regulations (TRs) in all SHS strands or areas of study. By embedding at least one TR in every grade level in SHS, a learner may earn two National Certificates (NCs), making them workforce-ready and employable.

PBEd Executive Director Justine B. Raagas emphasized the need for industry support and employment opportunities for SHS graduates. Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian also expressed support for the initiative, citing the importance of private sector involvement in reviewing the TVET track.

Currently, only students in the technical-vocational track undergo skills training, while those in the academic track undergo 80 hours of work immersion. PBEd had earlier expressed concerns that the 80-hour work immersion may be inadequate for private companies to consider SHS graduates ready for employment.

The DepEd and TESDA also signed another joint memorandum circular mandating a standardized assessment and certification of SHS students who complete the program. All students who have completed the TVET program will undergo an assessment for free, and if passed, shall be given NCs from TESDA, which they can use in applying for work.

TESDA stated, "By embedding at least one TR in every grade level in the SHS, a learner may earn two National Certificates (NCs). The goal is to make learners workforce-ready and become employable." A video briefer on the joint memorandum circular also highlighted that "Graduates will be globally competitive, trained, certified and job ready professionals."

The Philippine Business for Education's call for private sector involvement in reviewing the technical-vocational education and training track underscores the importance of industry support in ensuring the employability of senior high school graduates. With sufficient funds allocated for assessors and the embedding of TVET in the revised SHS curriculum, this initiative aims to produce a workforce that is ready to meet the demands of various industries.

Key Takeaways

  • Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) calls for private sector involvement in reviewing TVET track.
  • TVET integration in SHS curriculum aims to produce workforce-ready graduates.
  • Students can earn 2 National Certificates, making them employable.
  • Standardized assessment and certification for SHS students who complete TVET program.
  • Goal is to produce globally competitive, trained, certified, and job-ready professionals.