Friday, May 27, 2011

CHED's Moratorium on ITE Programs and Others

It quite caught my attention that Philippines' Commission on Higher Education imposes a moratorium covered in CHED's Memorandum Order 32, requiring that schools, private or state universities and colleges, can no longer open the following undergraduate and graduate programs effective SY 2011 - 2012:

1. Nursing (Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts/Master and Doctor of Philosophy)
2. Business Administration (Bachelor of Science, Master and Doctor in Business)
3. Teacher Education (Bachelor of Elementary and Secondary Education, Master of Arts, Doctor and Doctor of Philosophy)
4. Hotel and Restaurant Management (Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Hospitality Management)
5. ITE programs

The Department of Labor and Employment only supports this moratorium since there is an increasing number of mismatched workers from these programs and worse, a good number of unemployed too.  

The restraint shall also force parents and schools to encourage students to take other programs that are unserved. 

I personally approve the moratorium because with increasing number of institutions that offer these programs, quality of education is oftentimes compromised. More importantly, the jet-speed number can't keep up with the slow demand, thus, the restraint is only practical. 

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