July 19, 2024


SUPORTADO ng Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) ang panawagan ng Marcos admin para sa mga ahensiya ng gobyerno at korporasyon na ayusin ang hiring policies upang bukas ang pinto para sa K-12 graduates at palakasin ang kanilang employability.

“For twelve years, we have been implementing a promising investment in basic education—the K-12 program. It was meant to open doors to jobs or entrepreneurship for graduates. But despite its goals, our education system’s interconnected problems are holding us back from making good on its promise,” ayon kay PBEd Executive Director Justine Raagas.

Sa isinagawang 2024 Job Outlook Survey ng PBEd sa 299 kompanya sa buong bansa, lumalabas na 4 sa 5 kompanya ang bukas para mag-hire ng SHS graduates, habang 2 sa 5 kompanya ay handing maglagay ng mga polisiya para i-hire sila.

Lumalabas din sa pag-aaral na 46 percent ng respondents ay kasalukuyang may trabahador na SHS graduates at may malalaking rin kompanya na gustong mag-hire kumpara sa MSMEs. Bilang karagdagan, halos kalahati ng kompanya ay may available job openings para sa SHS graduates, partikular sa personal service work, sales at clerical support.

“Things are looking up for senior high school graduates compared to five years ago, but there’s still much to do. Looking at how the K-12 program is being put into practice, our study confirms what we have been saying all along: the problem with K-12 is not by design, but in its implementation,” ani Raagas. “Many of the companies we surveyed are open to hiring them, showing the program’s potential to produce employable graduates. But what’s missing is the effective implementation. To make real progress, government, industry, and academic institutions need to work closely together. Greater collaboration and commitment are needed so we can finally make the K-12 promise of employability a reality,” dagdag niya.