DepEd now requires private HS studes to take nat’l career test

August 14, 2009 10:09 am 

MANILA, Aug. 14 -– The Department of Education (DepEd) has required, starting this school year, fourth year students in private high schools to also take the 2009 National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) which it has scheduled for Aug. 26 in various testing centers nationwide.

Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus explained through DepEd Memorandum No. 241, series of 2009, that only graduating students in private secondary schools with DepEd permit to operate shall be included in the conduct of the test which he first implemented in school year 2004-2005 then exclusively covering all senior students in public high schools.

With the inclusion of the private high school graduating students in the five-year-old NCAE, Lapus said, a total of close to two million examinees are expected to participate in the test which will be administered by the National Educational Testing and Research Center (NETRC) in testing centers of over 200 provincial and city schools divisions in 17 regions.

Lapus has directed the NETRC to deliver, through its authorized forwarder/courier, the test materials some 10 days before the test administration except those for the National Capital Region testing venues which shall be delivered five days before the examination day.

The DepEd chief also directed the NETRC to conduct appropriate seminar-workshop on the standard administration of the NCAE to all schools Division Testing Coordinators (DTCs) and Private Schools Supervisors (PSSs).

Lapus earlier explained that the NCAE is not similar to the old National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) which screened who among graduating high school students should proceed to institutions of higher learning for a four-year degree course.

The education secretary stressed that the NCAE primarily seeks to guide senior high school students, together with their parents, on what appropriate career path is fitted for them considering, among other things, their mental capability, aptitude skills and interest.

The examination, Lapus added, further intends to ultimately help solve the national malady of thousands of college graduates, many of them from Metro Manila institutions of higher learning, ending up jobless, largely because they failed, before entering college, to properly determine their appropriate career path suited to their talent and to scrutinize the labor need of industry or employment market.

According to Lapus, the areas the NCAE intends to measure from the graduating student-examinees include: a) General Scholastic Aptitude, Scientific Ability, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability and Mathematical Ability; b) Technical Vocational Aptitude Manipulative Skills and Clerical Ability; c) Entrepreneurial Skills; d) Non-verbal Ability, and e) Occupational Fields of Interest. (PNA)

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