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DepEd eyes 19 top priority courses in tech-voc program

The Department of Education will overhaul the curriculum in the 261 technical-vocational schools in the country by focusing on 18 priority and competency-based courses including electrical technology, vegetable production and fish culture.

This is part of DepEd’s new goal to strengthen tech-voc schools and encourage students to enroll in tech-voc courses instead of aiming to get a college degree following their dismal performance in the scholastic aptitude in the National Career Assessment Examination.

A consultative conference is set on April 10 to 11 to review and evaluate the course contents of the existing tech-voc curriculum and come up with a final comprehensive database of tech-voc high schools.

Other priority subject areas in the proposed curriculum are fish capture, fish processing, crop production, animal production, food processing, electronics technology, machine shop technology, automotive technology, civil technology, computer technology, welding, technical drawing and information and communication technology software skills.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus earlier created a task force on tech-voc that will strengthen the existing tech-voc schools in the country and formulate strategies and policies in the implementation of the new tech-voc program in the said schools.

Lapus said there is an existing mismatch in the skills of students and the requirements in the job market.

 
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