But, somehow, the government has made the initiative to help drop-outs and others to further their skills through vocational programs. Students may enter and exit at their own pace but with the certificates of skill completion. This way, they can still find a job suited for them.
Before this ladderized program was conducted, any vocational graduate has to start from first year for any degree program he wishes to pursue, thereby, ignoring his prior schooling. That indeed can be a waste of time and resources.
So, under Executive Order 358 entitled " To institutionalize a Ladderized Interface Between Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Higher Education (HE)", issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on September 4, 2004, any one can now enter and/or exit to any program that he wishes to consider.
Priority programs of the Philippine Govertnment laid in 2006 for further expansion and development are as follows:
- Agriculture and Fisheries
- Health and Medical Services
- Information and Communication Technology
- Tourism/Hotel and Restaurant Management
There are now ladderized programs from associate computer technology to BS in Information Technology and BS in Computer Science.
For further information on TESDA-HE ladderized programs, go check their site.