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Education sector to look at senior high grads placement

 

Cebu City, Philippines. The Labor Department floated several ideas to check into by the Education Sector during a meeting held yesterday among the members of the Labor Tripartite Council in Education (LTCE).

Apart from ensuring that R.A. No. 11058 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof,” is being effectively implemented in each respective educational institution, the LTCE was likewise urged to look into the effectiveness of Senior High School and see whether or not its graduates have landed on a job.

In 2011, the Department of Education has made the historic implementation of shifting from the 10-year basic education curriculum to the Kinder to 12 Program (K-12) in phases.

“We know very well that Senior High does not guarantee employment but it does open up a lot of opportunities for students either for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

For Senior High School graduates, who opted for employment, she added, the DOLE is very much interested to see of their placement rate, which could be an eye-opener for all sectors involved on the effectiveness of the Senior High School program.

“Our concern here is to check on the skills available in the labor force vis a vis the skills requirements of the different industries especially those that are considered key employment generators in Central Visayas,” she further explained.

In the latest data provided by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-7), construction, business process management (BPM), and tourism remained as the economic growth drivers in the Region. The same type of industries also emerged in the DOLE-7’s Project Jobsfit 2022 Report as key employment generators in the Central Visayas.

Siaton urged the LTCE to seriously look into the concern and see what the council could possibly do to help address the phenomenon of job-skills mismatch that is still haunting not only Region-7 but also the country as a whole.

“It is very important to note if we have the right skills or the lack thereof while putting into consideration the requirements of the employers. If there is monitoring done on the placement of Senior High graduates for instance, then we will be equipped with the right reference and guidance especially if there is a need to revisit the existing curriculum of our educational institutions,” she said further.

The LTCE is only one of the active Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs) that is actively doing its share insofar as the sustenance of peaceful and favorable labor-management relations among establishments in Central Visayas in concerned.

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

 

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2019-03-15
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