SOME 3,453 scholars across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) completed the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education–Technical Education and Skills Development’s (MBHTE-TESD's) Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) courses for the first quarter in 2021.
MBHTE Minister Mohaqher Iqbal said the scholarship beneficiaries who come from disadvantaged sectors finished skills training, entrepreneurship training, values transformation training, and National Competency Assessment.
Iqbal said the recipients also received a Training Support Fund from the program.
Iqbal said with a certification rate of 85.4 percent, roughly 3,142 out of 3,679 scholarship grantees, who have undergone National Competency Assessment, are now certified competent skilled workers in their respective areas of skills training.
He said to date, Barmm-funded scholarship programs listed 1,410 graduates and 2,006 enrollees from various Tvet qualifications and programs.
On the other hand, he said the TESD scholarship programs such as Private Education Student Financial Assistance, Skills Training for Employment Program, Training for Work Scholarship Program, and Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act remain to support the Barmm constituents.
He said the program was able to produce 2,043 graduates from 3,945 enrollees for the first quarter of this year.
He said the MBHTE guarantees continuous delivery of skills training in the region through Barmm and nationally funded scholarship programs in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, including the special geographic area of North Cotabato.
The MBHTE minister vowed to deliver more free skills development training to its priority recipients.
He said these are members of the indigenous people and cultural communities, fisherfolks and farmers, out-of-school youth, persons with special needs, senior citizens as well as the decommissioned combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. (SunStar Zamboanga)