FIFTEEN Technical-Vocational schools and institutions in Davao City were closed down since the start of the year after it failed to comply with the standards set by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for training, an official said.

Tesda-Davao Region Director Dr. Gaspar Gayona said during Kapehan sa Dabaw at The Annex SM City that from January to October this year, some schools were closed down while some had voluntarily closed after they failed to adhere to the requirements provided by Tesda for their programs.

According to him, the factors why these schools forced to close are because of the lack of trainers after they transferred to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the K to 12 or failed to upgrade equipment despite the new technologies in the market and failure to heed the new training regulations.

August 2016, they conducted the auditing and the result was released in November 2016. Those schools who failed were given 30 days to comply and those who didn’t comply were closed by January 2017. However, he didn’t give names of the schools that were closed.

The closures come after the annual audit.

“Pag may bagong programs na na-recognize or na-register its after one year of operation na naman kasi mino-monitor natin ang technology, pag nag-change ng technology nagbabago yong training regulations,” he said.

Gayona said there are about 3,000 programs with around 350 to 600 schools present in Davao City. He added that there are also 10 or 12 schools that will open soon.

He also encouraged more tech-voc to open diploma program so that more scholarships will be offered as they have P69 million budget for next year.