Some 165 tech-voc teachers who themselves are nationally certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have gone through National Trainers Training Certificate (NTTC) Level 1 training program to prepare them to become assessors- a role they need to assume as the need arises to help cater to the increasing enrolment in tech-voc secondary schools nationwide.
Graduates of secondary tech-voc schools have to go through assessment by TESDA-certified assessors in order for them to earn a certificate of competency or a National Certification (NC) 1 or II depending on their skills proficiency.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that the department provides continuing skills enhancement training and assessment for secondary tech-voc teachers who are teaching competency-based curriculum in 26 areas of specialization in arts and trades, agriculture and fishery in collaboration with the National Tech-Voc Educational Training Trainers Academy (NTTA)-TESDA.
Therefore, an assessor from one school can also be an assessor in other schools as long as he/she is commissioned by TESDA.
DepEd’s Strengthened Technical and Vocational Education Program (STVEP) equips high school students with TESDA-certifiable skills to prepare them for the world of work, post-secondary education or entrepreneurial opportunities.
“Our goal here is to bring back the dignity of blue collar jobs by producing highly-skilled workforce demanded by the community and the industry sector,” said Luistro.
STVEP is also aligned with the goals of the K to 12 Basic Education Reform Program that aims to produce high school graduates who are prepared for employment or college education.
In arts and trades, the 14 areas of specialization offered in DepEd’s 282 tech-voc high schools across the country are: automotive technology, building construction, cosmetology, drafting technology, electricity, electronics, furniture and cabinet making, food technology, garments, hardware servicing, machine shop, plumbing, refrigeration and air-conditioning and welding. In agriculture, the areas of specialization are animal production, crop production, horticulture and food processing. In fishery, the specialization includes fish capture, fish culture and fish processing.
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