Gatchalian on K-12 review: Focus on the employment of SHS grad

Gatchalian on K-12 review: Focus on the employment of SHS grad

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian wanted to assure that senior high school student graduates will be employable after they have completed their K to 12 curricula.

Gatchalian, the chair of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, made this proclamation while Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Duterte urged employers to take more K–12 graduates into consideration.

Similar recommendations were made in September by Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual.

While the K to 12 Law and the Enhanced Basic Education Act or the Republic Act No. 10533 both claimed to make SHS graduates employable, Gatchalian emphasized that only a small proportion of these graduates really do so.

Only a little over 20 percent of SHS graduates enter the labor force, while more than 70 percent continue their studies, according to a 2020 discussion paper by the government-funded Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

“Sa gagawin nating pag-aaral ng K to 12, tututukan natin kung paano natin matutupad ang pangakong trabaho para sa mga graduate ng senior high school. Kailangang maramdaman ng ating mga magulang na hindi lamang dagdag gastos, kundi may totoong benepisyo ang dagdag na dalawang taon sa high school,” said Gatchalian.

Last July, Gatchalian filed Proposed Senate Resolution No. 5, which seeks a Senate inquiry on the status of the implementation of the K to 12 Law. (ai/mtvn)

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