Press Release from the Department of Education (August 15, 2012)
The Department of Education (DepEd) signed a memorandum of agreement today with the city government of Makati and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), formalizing the modeling of Senior High School (SHS) in the University of Makati (UMak) under the K to 12 Basic Education Program .
The agreement was signed by DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, Makati Mayor and UMak Chairman of the Board of Regents Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, and TESDA Director General Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva.
The city government of Makati, through its locally funded University of Makati is taking the lead in modeling the proposed Senior High School (SHS) program. Modeling of SHS will help the Department identify best practices in preparation for the nationwide implementation of Grades 11 and 12 in SY 2016-2017.
DepEd began rolling out K to 12 this school year with new curriculum for Grade 1 and Grade 7 (or 1st Year Junior High School).
“We support K to 12 because it is aligned with the needs of industry partners of Makati and we have long been implementing at the UMak an integrated lifelong learning program among our students,” said Binay.
According to Luistro, the Senior High School Program will help shift the attitude of parents and students into believing that the completion of secondary education is more than just preparation for college, and that it can be sufficient for employment and career readiness.
“Senior high school program will offer our students various specializations leading to different career paths, without denying them a chance to pursue college education if they so desire. Embedded in the Senior high school program are TESDA-recognized skills that can lead to productive employment after graduation from high school,” he said.
When classes opened in June this year, UMak took in its college-bound freshmen students as Grade 11 students. Two years of SHS allow students to mature and integrate acquired academic skills and competencies with their eventual career paths. The UMak SHS program offers specializations in Science and Technology, Business Education, Information Technology, Business Process Outsourcing, Performing and Broadcasting Arts, Athletics, and Allied Health Services.
“We hope to erase the stigma that blue collar jobs are inferior to a university degree. At the same time, we want parents and students to realize that there are viable and lucrative career options beyond those enabled by a four-year college degree,” explained Villanueva.
Graduates of the University’s SHS program have the option to take TESDA assessment for national skills certification and get employed or explore entrepreneurial opportunities. They can also pursue a college degree in UMak.