GRADE 8 or second year high school students from both public and private secondary schools nationwide will no longer take up the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE), Education Secretary Armin Luistro said on Tuesday.
Luistro said that, under the K-to-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd), incoming senior high school (Grade 11 and 12) students will be taught extensively to hone their skills as they prepare for college education or find early jobs.
The NCAE was designed to determine the interests and career inclination of students.
“As the pioneer batch of the senior high school, NCAE is no longer deemed necessary for our Grade 8 students since they will have a comprehensive learning of what career they want to pursue when they reach Grades 11 and 12,” he said.
But Luistro clarified that the NCAE will still be administered to third year high school students in both public and private secondary schools on August 28, 2013.
Also covered are fourth year high school students applying for scholarship programs offered by the Commission on Higher Education and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. It is also open to other interested fourth-year students, out-of-school youth and A and E passers.
Under the K-to-12 program, which two years to basic education, students will be taught new subjects and given vocational and technical training, and on-the-job training. This is to enable them to land a job after graduation.