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CHED sets curricular reforms to meet international standards

Iloilo City (20 February) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is set to institute curricular reforms in Higher Education that come with additional one year for selected courses.

CHED 6 Education Program Specialist Dr. Rex Casiple said with the Arroyo government's focus on good quality education, the commission is bent on pursuing reforms.

"We have to align our courses with the international standards so that our graduates will be competitive and prepared for globalization," Casiple said.

He said reforms are focused on entry to higher education where a high school graduate must first pass an aptitude test to qualify him for two years pre-specialization or pre-university status.

If he does not qualify then he can enroll in polytechnic programs which may consist of one to three years and then undergo equivalency or validation tests in order to pursue higher education.

Casiple said the curricular reform implementation takes two phases. The first phase that covers Academic year 2009-2010, is for all existing 5-year programs with PRC licensure examinations, as well as Education and Nursing, to follow the 10+2+3 system (10 basic, two pre-university and three years specialization.

On the other hand, Engineering and Architecture programs shall follow the 10+2+ (3 or 4) years specialization in accordance with the Washington Accord, APEC Registry for Engineers and Architects ad other international accrediting bodies.

For Phase II that will cover Academic Year 2010-11 all 4-year board and non-board programs shall follow the 10+2+3 system in accordance with the Bologna Accord.

Casiple said they are now in the last leg of their consultations which have generated positive responses from school heads/administrators and other sectors.

He said CHED does not expect opposing reactions because the additional year in college programs, will unburden the students of overloads and make them better prepared for board exams and quality employment.

As to added expenses, Casiple said, there is no difference in expenses incurred with a four or five-year stay in college.

"In fact, the parents and the students can save because for courses requiring board exams, the curricula will integrate review classes. Besides the fact that they will no longer pay much for review classes outside, students have to pass the pre-board before graduation," Casiple said.

Casiple further said that the curricular reforms will include as basic subjects in the first two pre-specialization years, communication skills, computer literacy, and technical writing, while in the three-year specialization courses, professional ethics will be emphasized along with the major courses, besides the review courses. (PIA 6/ESS) [top]

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