Bangladesh takes a peek at PH tech-voc education

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Top education officials of Bangladesh came to the Philippines to get a grasp of the country’s technical vocational education and training (TVET) system.

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What TVET systems are and how to successfully implement them in their own setting were what the 12 Bangladesh education experts and policymakers hoped to learn during their five-day study tour from April 7 to 11.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the government agency mandated to manage and promote TVET in the country, played host to the training, supported by other government agencies, TVET institutions and the private sector.

“TVET in the Philippines has been looked upon as a model, and we are sharing this to our neighbor nations,” Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said.

“As we head towards a seamless economy, we want to open our doors to our fellow TVET policy makers so we can learn from each other on ways to make TVET first-rate, relevant and at the same time accessible,” he said.

The Bangladesh officials spent the one-week program looking at TESDA’s Standards Development, TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System, Competency-Based Training, Assessment and Certification System, Monitoring System, and Management Information System.

Villanueva said TESDA also imparted its experiences on working with the private sector through the public-private partnership schemes, strengthening TVET institutions and resource mobilization.

The Bangladeshi officials came from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Labor and Employment and Ministry of Finance.

Their training completed the second phase of the Competency-Based Training and Assessment Implementers Training Program for Bangladesh that was managed by TESDA.

In the first phase, a total of 60 trainers – who underwent a study tour in three batches of 20 participants each – finished the combined classroom lectures and field exposure to various training institutions. This was designed to boost the understanding of the participants in the implementation of competency-based training, competency assessment, and job placement systems in the Philippines.

The study tour of the officials included a visit to the Asian Development Bank which funded the skills development tour, Department of Finance, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Philippines-Korea Technological and Cooperation Center, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and D.M. Consunji Technical Training Center. They also attended lectures by the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education, another TESDA partner. (PNA)

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