IN a bid to further boost maritime education in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) will offer basic maritime courses to incoming Senior High School (SHS) students starting in June 2016.
The Education department and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) recently signed a memorandum of agreement to equip Senior High School (Grades 11 and 12) students with the skills needed that will qualify them for further studies or career opportunities in the maritime industry upon graduating from Senior High School.
“The department sees how critical the maritime industry is. It is not just about the curriculum but our competitive advantage in the world,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.
With the increasing demand for seafarers in the international and local maritime industry, Luistro added that the DepEd recognizes the need to offer a maritime specialization in Senior High School under the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program.
“We would like to thank DepEd for their support and cooperation for the maritime Senior High School program. With this program, we will be able to show that the Philippines is able to provide or offer highly competent, well-trained and highly qualified Filipino seafarers, who are ready for employment upon graduating from high school,” Maximo Majima Jr., Marina administrator, said.
Under the agreement, DepEd and Marina will work together on the development and revision of the curriculum guides and instructional materials necessary for the proper implementation of the Senior High School maritime specialization.
Both parties are also responsible for designing and implementing the specialization in compliance with international standards in maritime education and training.
The Standards of Training and Certification and Watchkeeping convention code will be used as a basis for developing the curriculum for the maritime specialization.
With this, Senior High School graduates of the specialization may take the assessment for the certification of ratings.
This will allow them to qualify for career opportunities in the maritime industry upon graduation and evaluation.
Senior High School graduates may also pursue further studies in the maritime field.
Given this, the country will be able to produce more seafarers at the officer level.
“We’re very grateful to Marina for working with us to ensure that it is not just about developing a curriculum that’s acceptable to DepEd but to the world standards of the maritime industry,” Luistro said.