K - 12 Plus News

PCCI, DepEd ink MOU to help address skills-job mismatch

Amy R. Remo @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer April 20, 2015

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Department of Education (DepEd) have forged an agreement to collaborate on the integration of the dual training program with the K to 12 curriculum, to help address the worsening skills-job mismatch in the country.

Dual training refers to the combination of practical, on-the-job, enterprise-based training and theoretical education in a school, to balance theory and practice.

Both parties believe that in considering the specific skills requirements of industries, and in providing hands-on-training for students through the dual training program, the country will produce graduates with skills that industries and businesses need.

At the signing ceremony Monday, PCCI chair Miguel B. Varela said the signing of the memorandum of understanding served “as PCCI and DepEd’s commitment to work together in instituting programs and projects that will create a pool of qualified, competent and job-ready human resources, and thus contribute to the productivity and sustainability of enterprises, generate employment and self-employment, and reduce poverty in our country.”

Under this five-year agreement, the PCCI will help DepEd identify the appropriate facilities necessary to maximize the benefits of the K to 12 program for students in the technical-vocational-livelihood (TVL) track.

The PCCI, in consultation with the DepEd, will also establish a system of accreditation of industries and businesses that can accept senior high school students in the TVL track as trainees; and ensure that the dual training industry partners can and will train the trainees or mentees following the competencies and standards of the DepEd curriculum.

Suspend K-12? But PH is ready for it - Luistro

March 11, 2015 MANILA, Philippines – Amid calls to suspend the K to 12 program, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said preparations must continue, or basic education reforms for the last 5 years will go to waste.

"Nakagastos na tayo, nakalimang taon na tayo na binubuno ‘to…Napakalayo na natin dun sa mga problema natin 3, 4, 5 years ago. Ready na ready na tayo," Luistro said after his department presented the K to 12 midterm report at the House of Representatives Wednesday, March 11.

(We've already spent on this, and we've been working on this for the last 5 years...We've already seen improvements from our problems from 3, 4, 5 years ago. We're very, very ready for this.)

With the signing of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, two years have been added to the basic education system of the Philippines. (INFOGRAPHIC: 10 things about K to 12)

The first batch of students under the program will enter senior high school’s grade 11 in 2016, and grade 12 in 2017.

Because of this, higher education institutions (HEIs) expect a drop in enrollment during these two years all the way to school year 2021-2022 when things are expected to normalize.

Based on Department of Education (DepEd) estimates, about 1.2 million to 1.6 million students will enroll in senior high school in 2016.

K-12 PLUS NEWS: Overhaul of K-12

Philippines creates opportunities in overhaul of K-12 education system

August 9,2013

The Philippines is undergoing a major overhaul to bring it in line with education systems worldwide, starting with the K-12 sector. This change to domestic education policy has far-reaching consequences and is important for international educational institutions to consider when looking for potential new student recruitment markets.

K - 12 Plus News: Landmark agreements on Tech-Voc education and training

PH, Germany launch landmark agreements on Tech-Voc education and training

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:00 AM    

The Philippines and Germany have launched the Dual Training as Extension of the Education Reform Initiative K to 12 of the Philippines (K-12 Plus) program, which will pursue innovative dual training approaches in Metro Manila and the Central Visayas for the tourism, construction, manufacturing, electronics and microfinance sectors.

K-12 PLUS NEWS: Makati Approves K+12 Pilot Testing

Makati Approves K+12 Pilot Testing

Manila BulletinManila Bulletin – Fri, Apr 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Makati City government yesterday okayed the pilot testing of the Kindergarten Plus 12 (K+12) program of the Department of Education (DepEd) at the city-owned University of Makati (UMak) this coming school year, urging new graduates to enrol in senior high school or Grade 11 to enjoy its benefits.