Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ladderized IT Programs in the Philippines

Unemployment and underemployment have been dramatically increasing these days in the Philippines. Blame these to recession, and education among others. I guess, this problem is not only localized in the Philippines but also visible in the global arena.

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
  • Maritime
  • Tourism/Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Engineering
For IT, any one can have national certificates on networking, PC operations and programming after months or short years of schooling and training. Further, students take compentency - based exams to prove their worths for certificates. These are indeed quite helpful since degree programs in IT don't have board exams. Certificates are quite imperative.

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.

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