Technical vocational schools get ready for K to 12


21 September 2012

Secretary Joel Villanueva urged technical vocational schools to rev up their courses and teaching personnel for bigger roles with the integration of  technical vocational education in the implementation of the Kindergarten to 12 (K to 12) curriculum starting this school year.
 
Villanueva, director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), said policies and guidelines are being formulated and reviewed for finalization by the K to 12 steering committee to establish the system for the integration of technical vocational institutions (TVIs) into the system.
 
Technical vocational schools are being urged to rev up their courses and teaching personnel for bigger roles with the integration of technical vocational education in the implementation of the Kindergarten to 12 (K to 12) curriculum starting this school year.
 
Secretary Joel Villanueva, director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), said policies and guidelines are being formulated and reviewed for finalization by the K to 12 steering committee to establish the system for the integration of technical vocational institutions (TVIs) into the system.
 
“There are different modalities being studied on how the technical vocational part can best be implemented,” Villanueva said.
 
He said that TVIs could be tapped to provide the technical courses to the incoming Grades 11 and 12 students.  One other option is to have the schools hire their own technical vocational trainers to teach the courses.
 
The integration of technical vocational courses into the K to 12 curriculum as a major education reform was one of the focus of discussions at the recently held 1st National Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Congress organized by TESDA and the Technical Vocational School Associations of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL).
 
Among the recommended actions included:
 
·         For TESDA and the Department of Education to issue joint policies on the role and participation of TVIs in the K to 12 program;
·         Expanding the benefits of the Education Subcontracting Scheme (ESC) under the GASTPE law to Senior high schools and to TVIs providing TVET tracks;
·         Participation of TVIs in the modeling and implementation of the tech-voc specialization in Grades 11 and 12;
·         Emphasize higher order thinking skills (HOTS);
·         Strengthen contextual learning/teaching in Science and Math in TVET qualifications;
·         Inculcate global mindset and cross-cultural human values;
·         Emphasize the use of ICT in training/teaching delivery
 
In a message to the gathering that was read by Villanueva, President Benigno Aquino III said the gathering brought together the best institutions delivering technical vocational education to raise the level of skills development in the country.
 
He said focus should be given on raising standard on various specializations such as machinery, construction and human services, which are among the most in-demand skills in the country.
 
For his part, Villanueva said TVIs are faced with a big challenge of  being a crucial component in nation-building.
 
He urged the participants in the Congress to continue working together with TESDA to strengthen the role of technical vocational education in giving the students a wider choice for future career.
 
“This first TESD Congress is a rite of passage not only for TESDA but for technical education and skills development in the country as we bring it to greater heights and push its potential to new frontiers. TESD is no longer a periphery of nation building but a far-reaching instrument of development,” Villanueva said.
 
The Congress was attended by close to 1,200 participants, including Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Commission on Higher Education chairperson Patricia Licuanan, heads of TVIs, policy-makers, representatives from the business sector and international organizations.
   
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