August 26, 2009
Karisse – Not “Just” TechVoc Education
Last week, I reported in our class about technical vocational education and training in our country. Our class have voiced out their opinions regarding certain issues concerning the supposed empowerment of technical education that can lead to the degradation of the quality of higher education. Now, my opinion regarding this issue will be presented.
Today, August 26, 2009, marks TESDA’s 15th anniversary. TESDA is the authority in technical and vocational education in our country. Since its formation, I can say that TESDA has improved a lot. Little by little it is raising the standards of technical and vocational education in our country. It has gain a lot of popularity and is now being known as “the access to abroad.” Is this bad? I don’t think so. I think that for TESDA personnel and vocation graduates this thing is actually an achievement. What’s making it look bad is that it is starting to become a substitute for people who cannot afford to study in colleges or universities.
This shouldn’t be our mentality on technical and vocational education. If we recall the education system in our country, we should take note that tertiary education is divided into two: higher education and techvoc education. This is why we have CHED and TESDA, to supervise these two. They were tasked to provide and implement programs and projects that would make higher education and techvoc education students competitive enough in their field of expertise. There isn’t anything that says that higher education is far more better than techvoc education or vice versa. Tertiary education is divided into two so that we could have the freedom to choose which of these two would we most likely to pursue. It is not a competition between CHED and TESDA to have the most number of enrollees, but rather they should work as a team, together with DepEd, in providing the best possible education to the Filipino people. It depends on the person’s choice on what appeals to his/her interest and accessibility. It may be an advantage that TESDA costs less and is more affordable than higher education. It is also an advantage that TESDA have programs that could provide jobs to the less fortunate. We shouldn’t deny the fact that we pursue tertiary education to have a job that has good income and fits the skills we have. We study hard to have a better future, meaning to have a good job with good income.
Is it TESDA’s fault if they provide the programs that appeal to the people? Maybe it is CHED that is not providing the right programs or lacks implementation on its programs. The Ladderized Education Plan is supposed to be a joint project of TESDA and CHED to accommodate to the needs of the people. But sadly, it is more famous for being a program of TESDA alone. It could have been good to see these two government agencies uniting in one project. I am not against CHED. I just wanted to see more improvements on its implementation of programs.
We should not belittle people who chose to pursue techvoc education. We should not belittle laborers and workers. It is not “just” an option if we cannot afford higher education. It also provides jobs for most of the Filipino people. In any way that we look at it, technical and vocational education is also all about learning and being productive in our field of expertise. I may be biased but I just wanted to point out the unfair treatment we have on technical and vocational education. I think that people nowadays should also think of the positive effects it have and appreciate the efforts they put into it. Who knows, techvoc education might be the solution for Philippine’s progress.
Since I’m pro-techvoc, you might be wondering why I didn’t pursue techvoc education… Well, it’s a choice I’ve made. 🙂
Karisse Anne G. Legaspi