TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 3 (PIA)—Apart from a diploma that a K to 12 graduate earns after completing senior high school, he will also get a proficiency certification in either of the skills that he masters.
It means, whether the K to 12 high school graduate proceeds to college or opts to get into the working system, he should have already a substantial skill to get to work, having been trained for a specific skill in the senior high school.
No less than Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva bared this as the country’s education takes its tentative steps in the implementation of kindergarten to 12 (K to 12).
Villanueva, who along with his full Central Visayas TESDA directors, came to Bohol to officiate the graduation of 1468 technical vocational scholar graduates from the province’s technical vocational institutions.
The young cabinet member of the Aquino Administration reported that Bohol scores only 1% drop-out rates in TESDA scholarships where between 42 to 43 thousand graduates have found gainful employment or good skillful work start-ups.
However, generally offered to employable ages, except the Private Educations Student Fund Assistance (PESFA) Program and the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) where 15 year olds are put in the training mill, TESDA scholarships are generally giving national certification ratings to workers from the government skills training authority.
The certification carries with it the weight of a PRC license explains TESDA and could already be used for job applications.
The Department of Education implemented last year the mandatory K to 12, calling first year high school students Grade 7 and second year as Grade 8 and so forth.
While this may pose an additional challenge for schools who would need technical-vocational skills to teach, indications also show that the government is seeing senior high schools working could eventually trigger a re-interest in skills.
In fact, during the press conference at the Governor’s Mansion March 3, Sec. Villanueva, who was joined by Gov Edgar Chatto and Bohol TESDA Director Francisca Opog, explained that the mandate of giving certifications to skills remains at TESDA and graduates of the senior high school would get a national certification on a specific skill at least.
He explained that as professions get their certifications from the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), skilled workers get their certifications from TESDA.
Villanueva also revealed that the TESDA has already acquired an International Standard Organization mark for education, the first in the sector and the second to a national government agency after the Department of Health. (RAC/PIABohol)