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PIA Press Release
2007/09/01

Use NCAE results as guide to course selection, TESDA chief advises

Tacloban City (September 1) -- Use the results of the National Career Assessment Examination as guide in course selection after High School graduation, TESDA Regional Office 8 Director Juan M. Sabulao, Jr. advised students and parents during the PIA's latest episode of the Panindugan television program.

Director Sabulao said that the NCAE results are measurements of the student's aptitude in the different fields of study. The results will guide parents and students in their decisions as to whether the student should pursue a four year college course or take up technical or vocational course, instead.

So much money and time will be saved if the parents and students will believe in the result of the NCAE examinations, Director Sabulao said.

It cannot be denied that parents play an important role in the student's decision as to what course to take up in college. Because of this, students usually end up shifting courses every semester.

The student will be more competitive if his course matches with his ability and aptitude in a certain field. If the aptitude of the student is in the vocational or technical, the parents or students need not worry because there is now what is called as the ladderized education program, Director Sabulao said.

Gone are the days when technical and vocational are looked down. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), has jointly undertaken the roll out of the "ladderized" interface between technical-vocational education and training and higher education as provided in Executive Order No. 358 effective school year 2006-2007.

Executive Order No. 358 issued by the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on September 15, 2004 mandated TESDA and CHED to develop and implement a unified national qualifications framework that establishes equivalency pathways and access ramps for a ladderized system allowing for easier transition and progression between technical-vocational training and higher education.

TESDA and CHED have initially agreed on two implementation modes of ladderized education through (1) Credit transfer and (2) Embedded TVET qualification in ladderized degree programs. Credit transfer is recognition and carrying forward of overlapping learning from TVET to higher education. Embedded TVET qualification is the process by which a student in a ladderized degree program can earn full TVET qualifications should he chose to exit from a college program and proceed to a technical-vocational career.

Director Sabulao added that for school year 2006-2007, ladderized education shall be implemented by authorized institutions in eight disciplines-agriculture, education, engineering, information technology, health, maritime, tourism, and criminology. TESDA and CHED worked together to map out competencies in these programs and developed the credit matrix as well as the authorized curricula in the identified TVET and degree programs.

The purpose of ladderization is to open pathways and platforms of opportunities for career progression to students and workers. Specifically, it intends to create a seamless and borderless education and training system that allows free mobility in terms of flexible entries and exits in the system.

So even if the student takes up vocational technical course, he will still be able to earn a degree if he so desires, Director Sabulao concluded. (PIA 8) [top]

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