DepEd: Schools should be geared towards emerging industries in localities

January 28, 2014 11:19 pm 

By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, Jan. 28 (PNA)—Department of Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC believes that residents of one place need not uproot themselves and migrate to other prosperous places in the country or even abroad after finishing their education because there are plenty of business opportunities here for everyone, especially enterprising individuals.

”The best thing is to educate our young children in deciding what their schools will offer for Grades 11-12 of high school by considering relevant data on what student and families want vis-à-vis the kind of graduates and professionals your respective communities require,” Luistro told educators on Tuesday’s Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines-National Basic Education Commission (CEAP-NBEC) Summit at De La Salle University on Taft Ave., Manila.

He said that one good reference is the Project JobsFit Report by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

First released in 2010, the report lists down the key employment generators and emerging industries of every region.

Whether a program is geared towards higher education, technical vocational training, entrepreneurship, or employment, it is important that we take into account the kind of jobs, industries, and businesses that our learners will be exposed to once they are done with basic education.

”These will ensure that we strengthen the country’s human capital and foster more prosperous and equitable communities,” said Luistro, who insisted that we have emerging industries for various regions and maybe more in other neighboring localities to consider.

”The incoming Grade 9 students will be taking the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) in August. These students comprise the first group of nationwide Grade 11 students in School Year (SY)2016 and Grade 12 students in SY 2017.

Specific questions gauging interest and preferences for Grades 11-12, will help DepEd and all schools to understand the student demand for various senior high school tracks and strands to follow after their secondary studies.

Luistro also said senior high specializations must respond to community needs and opportunities in emerging industries such as agribusiness in Region Vlll; Creative Industries in the National Capital Region(NCR); Cyberservices in the Cordillera Autonomous Region(CAR); lV-A, V, Vll, Xll and CARAGA;

Diversified/Strategic Farming and Fishing in CARAGA, Education in Region ll, Furniture Manufacturing in Region Vll, Health, Wellness and Medical Tourism at CAR and CARAGA, Hotel and Restaurant in Region Vlll, Mining in Regions 1, Vl, X; Power and Utilities in Region 1; Ownership Dwellings, Realty/Retirement Estate in NCR; Renewable Energy in Region Vl, Xl; Shipbuilding in Region ll and X and Transport and Logistics in Region lll, lV-A, lV-B and X1. (PNA)

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