House OKs college credits for tech-voc grads

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A House panel has approved a measure granting college education credits to those who finished technical and vocational courses.

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This developed after the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Rep. Roman Romulo of Pasig approved the Ladderized Education Bill which allows graduates of technical and vocational courses to skip freshmen year in college, should they decide to pursue a college education.

“Should the technical and vocational graduates decide to pursue college education, he does not have to go back to first year college because the national certificates that they obtained from technical and vocational courses are given corresponding college credit which would qualify him to go straight to second year or third year college,” Romulo pointed out.

The said measure, Romulo said, is in accordance with the Philippine Development Agenda and Philippine Qualifications Framework under Executive Order 83 which is a unified, seamless and borderless education and training system that can prepare and individual for productive employment by establishing national standards and levels for outcomes of education and training, as well as skills and competencies.

“This will address skills-job mismatch, reduce dropout rates and contribute to economic growth through its many ladders that empower the student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, training, financial reward and competencies for progression from student to worker and vice versa. If the graduate of the technical or vocational course starts but opts not to finish college education, (s)he would have still have arrived on a job platform that can already provide him/her with a career,” Romulo added.

Romulo then cited that 350,000 college graduates are waiting to be a part of the labor force every year but only 20 percent readily find employment.

The Ladderized Education Bill is the second national bill approved in the 16th Congress, only behind the approval of the P2.268 trillion proposed budget for 2014 by the House Appropriations panel. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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