K-12 graduates can be employed easier: DepEd official

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Monday, June 17, 2013


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said students who will graduate under the K-12 program can easily obtain employment or they can put up their own business because they will acquire technical and vocational skills.

DepEd Assistant Regional Director Sebastian Tayaban said with the added two years in secondary school, students will polish their abilities in arts and technical vocational and entrepreneurship.

“The K-12 graduates will have additional skills and learning and they can have a choice if they continue to pursue college or join the workforce as early as after high school,” Tayaban said.

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Under the K-12 program, which establishes a “universal kindergarten” and introduces Grades 11 and 12 to high school education in public and private schools, students may choose a career track based on aptitude, interests and school capacity. They may choose among five tracks such as Business and Entrepreneurship; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science, Technology, and Engineering; Sports; and Technical-Vocational during their senior high school.

The six-year high school education was started last year with the Grade 8 students now as the first graduates in 2018.

The DepEd started the K-12 program with a kindergarten curriculum making it mandatory for five year old children to attend school to prepare them for elementary education.

“Studies showed that children who attended preschool significantly do better in high school than children who did not,” Tayaban said.

Meanwhile, education officials are continually holding dialogues with parents, students, the private sector and other education stakeholders to improve the quality education in the country. (Joseph Zambrano)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 18, 2013.

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