TO FURTHER hone the acquired skills of the senior high school students gained after adding two years to basic education through the K to 12 Curriculum, the Department of Education (DepEd) has released the guidelines for the conduct of work immersion activities for SHS students in the country.
According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the work immersion is a key feature in the senior high school curriculum. It can be conducted in different ways depending on the purposes and needs of the learners.
It was stated in the guidelines that work immersion will help develop among learners life and career skills, and will prepare them to make decisions on postsecondary education or employment gearing towards the four exits envisioned for SHS graduates to choose from --- employment, entrepreneurship, further skills training through TESDA and college education.
Contained in the enclosure of Deped Order No. 30, series of 2017 released on June 5, the guidelines specify that the said work immersion will enable students to become familiar with the workplace, experience workplace simulation and apply their competencies in areas of specialization. The said work immersion activity can range from 80 to 320 hours.
DepEd hopes that partner institutions will provide learners with work immersion opportunities, workplace or hands-on experience, and additional learning resources through partnership building.
The schools may partner with recognized institutions or organizations to come up with agreements on work immersion for students and because the students are still minors, work immersion requires parental consent.
Because the safety of learners is primary to Deped, the department shall ensure that all schools and venues for learning are conducive to the education and safety of the learners. This endeavor is in collaboration with its partners and stakeholders found near where the schools are located.
The guidelines further provide that the maximum number of hours spent in the work immersion venue is 40 hours per week and no more than eight hours per day as provided by law.
So as not to exploit the students who are still minors, DepEd stressed that work immersion should not be reduced as a mere recruitment tool for a partner institution, saying that the students should also gain skills that will enable them to qualify for other job options.
Consequently, the schools and students should not be asked to pay the senior high school partner institution for any work immersion activity conducted. The guidelines added that fees for work immersion must only be set after consultation with parents.
This Corner hopes that these guidelines will serve its purpose of providing the students, parents and the stakeholders a document to refer that will govern the work immersion and a piece of paper that will realized the full potential of our SHS graduates towards creating a climate of owning and doing a responsibility.
Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of lawyer Alberto Escobarte, CESO IV, Regional Director, DepEd-Davao to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education). "Let me assure you that in the performance of my official duties and even my private acts will be guided and guarded by my Oath of Office, The Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno, the Philippine Constitution and all the laws that govern our actions.”
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Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on August 15, 2017.
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