DepEd, JICA conducting final survey on employability of SHS graduates

Published July 12, 2021, 2:28 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are conducting an impact evaluation survey that seeks to determine the employability of the country’s Senior High School (SHS) graduates.

(DepEd Facebook page)

DepEd said the survey on “Impact Evaluation for Industrial Human Resource Development Policy” will involve 2,313 graduates of 29 SHSs who participated in the 2015 survey.

The survey is in relation to the technical cooperation project, conducted by JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute in 2012 as a baseline survey and as a mid-line survey in 2015, it noted. The project is entitled “Supporting Senior High School (SHS) Program in Technical Vocational High Schools”.

“We appreciate JICA’s support and collaboration in conducting this survey that will aid the Department determine the effectivity of the curriculum in making every graduate a contributor to social development and nation-building,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said in a statement.

Covered by the impact evaluation survey are seven participating schools from Central Luzon, six from National Capital Region (NCR), four from Northern Mindanao, and three each from Cagayan Valley, Region 4 (Calabarzon/Mimaropa), Western Visayas and Central Visayas. The participating SHSs have been identified by JICA.

DepEd said the survey seeks “to evaluate the long-term impact of SHS graduates in the labor market, comparing to those who did not proceed to Grade 11 and 12 during the K to 12 policy transition period.”

Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio welcomed the impact evaluation survey, saying “that this will serve as inputs and references in crafting education policies.”

“Every curriculum created by DepEd will always be based from various data and researches from our stakeholders.”

Bureau of Curriculum Development Director Jocelyn D. R. Andaya sought the full participation of SHS graduates of the 29 senior high schools who are covered by the survey.

“(The) K to 12 curriculum made our graduates more equipped in the field they wish to take. Our office is calling on the participation of everyone concerned in this survey and help us in improving the curriculum that will cater to the needs of our learners, the labor market, and our country,” she said.

Aiming to produce locally and globally competitive individuals, DepEd implemented in 2012 the K to 12 Basic Education Program in close coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and representatives of the business community.