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CHED eyes moratorium for over-subscribed degrees

by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

Zamboanga City (23 September) -- The Commission on Higher Education, under its new leadership, is seeking a moratorium of over-subscribed degrees or frequently enrolled courses, producing graduates more than what some industries need, CHED IX Head of Technical Division Ms. Tess Pinili said.

According to Ms. Pinili, new CHED chief Patricia Licuanan pointed to the topic as one of her administration's directions.

"Chairman Patricia Licuanan, as a prelude to her work as our new head, called for a directors' meeting to present her leadership's direction, and she's looking for a moratorium on over-subscribed programs", Pinili said.

Chairman Licuanan pointed to the over production of graduates of some courses but existing industries can't accommodate all, resulting to unemployment of thousands of graduates every year.

"Among these courses mentioned by Chairman Licuanan are Bachelor of Science in Nursing and business education programs or courses like Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM), BS Accountancy, and other related courses", Pinili said.

In lieu of the proposed moratorium, Chairman Licuanan, during the meeting, said they will instead focus on the promotion of undersubscribed programs that has sure market for graduates. Ms. Pinili said the biggest industry in our country, ironically, has the least number of workforce; agriculture.

"Agriculture is a broad industry and this is the program Chairman Licuanan identified as undersubscribed. We lack graduates that can help boost agriculture sector, when we are, in fact, an agricultural country. When you say agriculture, this covers land and aquaculture." Pinili stressed.

Meanwhile, Ms. Pinili divulged that CHED central office is in the process of evaluating low-performing nursing schools in board exams. She said CHED will recommend the gradual phasing out of the program to these schools.

"When we say "gradual phasing out", it means low performing schools will not be allowed to enroll incoming freshmen students to the program anymore. However, they will still continue the program until the old students graduate", Pinili explained. (PIA9-ZC) [top]

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