THE Department of Education (DepEd) has postponed the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) scheduled for Wednesday, August 28 for selected regions in Luzon to give way to the repair of schools damaged by last week’s southwest monsoon and tropical storm Maring (international codename: Trami).
Jesus Mateo, DepEd assistant secretary for planning, on Tuesday said the NCAE for regions I, II, III, IV-A, Cordillera Autonomous Region, and National Capital Region has been rescheduled from August 28 to September 11 because some schools in these regions were heavily damaged by the massive flooding brought by monsoon rains and typhoon Maring.
“We decided to cancel the NCAE for these regions because some classrooms, private and public properties including roads and bridges were being damaged by the typhoon,” Mateo said, adding that other classrooms were still being used as evacuation centers.
The NCAE is an assessment of students’ aptitudes and skills, and estimates what field or discipline the student can excel in. The test results will provide a guide on the interest and career inclination of the student, whether it is technical-vocational, entrepreneurial, or a full college education course.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro earlier said that NCAE, which determines the interests and career inclination of students, will no longer be administered to Grade 8 students this year.
The DepEd chief explained that NCAE is no longer deemed necessary for Grade 8 students since they will have a comprehensive learning of what career they want to pursue when they reach senior high school (Grades 11 and 12).
The NCAE is administered to third year high school students in both public and private secondary schools. Also covered are fourth year high school students applying for scholarship programs offered by the Commission on Higher Education (ChEd) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
It is also open to other interested fourth year students, out-of-school youth and A & E passers. NEIL A. ALCOBER