DepEd eyes strengthening career guidance activities to attract more girls into STEM

Published February 11, 2021, 7:03 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Education Secretary Leonor Briones underscored the importance of strengthening the career guidance activities in schools so students will be guided when it comes to choosing their paths in the future.

Sec. Leonor Briones (Merlina Malipot / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Perhaps, it would be necessary in terms of strengthening our guidance activities, especially for us in the DepEd to help our learners identify where the talents truly are,” Briones said in her opening remarks during celebration 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS).

The Department of Education (DepEd) held an online event on Thursday, Feb. 11, in celebration of this year’s IDWGS which aims to commemorate the achievement of women in science and showcase the development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for female youth.

In particular, Briones noted that there is a need for stronger initiatives at the school levels in order to attract more girls to pursue careers in STEM. “We have this notion that there are specific fields which should be the concern of women,” she said. “For so long, we have had stereotypes of what courses or what fields of studies women should engage in,” she added.

Given this, Briones underscored the need to conduct more aggressive campaigns. “Perhaps, as we near graduation, we should have a series of briefings for our children,” she added.

In Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) meetings, for example, Briones said that there is also a need for briefings that would inform parents “as to the fields which are available in Science and Technology for girls in addition to the other fields.”

In order to attract more girls and women to pursue STEM courses, Briones added that “our target should not be the women and the girls themselves but also the parents because there are those who encourage children” to take other fields of studies.

“They want their children to have the best careers and from their point of view, there are certain careers that are best for for girls but there are more opportunities for women right now,” Briones ended.