Tesda to include tech-voc in public high school curriculum

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Friday, June 3, 2011


TECHNICAL and vocational education will soon be incorporated in the basic education system with the planned implementation of the K-12 model, said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
The K-12 program includes kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school. The two additional years in high school was designed for in-depth specialization for students depending on the occupation or career they wish to pursue.

Tesda said that with the K-12 model, “tech-voc education will be one of the tracks to be included during the latter years of the secondary level, particularly in the 11th and 12th years, allowing students to explore their potentials in hands-on skills-based training as an option for future career development.”

The K-12 model will make technical vocational education a staple for high school students, giving our youth the chance to develop their potentials in the early stage of schooling, Tesda director-general Joel Villanueva was quoted as saying, adding that together with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education, the agency has been pushing for the full implementation of the K-12 model.

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“The global imperative for more jobs and more productive jobs is a major challenge for development, and workers’ skills are at the core of improving individuals’ employment outcomes and increasing countries’ productivity and growth,” he added. ”As such, it is important that our three education agencies coordinate closely with one another in pursuing a seamless, harmonized and borderless education system.

The K-12 model will not only boost the students’ technical competence early in life but will also build their creativity, innovation and adaptability to new technologies and opportunities. “The basic education reform on K-12 program is envisioned to provide these foundational skills, especially for developing knowledge workers.” (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 03, 2011.

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