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DOLE intervenes with ‘oversubscribed’ college courses

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There is something wrong with an education system that keeps on producing graduates that would not be hired; and with a government unmindful of this situation.

Today, the Aquino government is doing something about this seemingly anomalous situation.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) are working hand in hand in giving career guides for high school students who have yet to decide on their college education.

DOLE Undersecretary Danilo Cruz cited course-related job mismatches as one of the primary reasons of unemployment and underemployment during “Talking Points,” a collaborative effort of the DZRB, the Philippine Information Agency, and PTV4.

According to him, DOLE, DepEd, and CHED are currently conducting nationwide career guidance counselling for junior and senior high school students.
“Nag-iimplement tayo ng career guide seminar para sa ating mga high school students sapagkat ang pagpili ng kurso ay hindi ginagawa pag-graduate. Third year pa lang ay iniisip na nila kung anong kurso ang kukunin nila kapag nagtapos ng high school,” said Cruz. This is done in order to immediately give students an idea of the possible courses they can take.

The department identified nursing, information technology, and hotel and restaurant management as oversubscribed courses.

“Patuloy ang pakikipag-ugnayan namin sa CHED at DepEd upang ma-regulate nang husto ang mga kursong ito at mabigyan din ang mga estudyante nang sapat na kaalaman kung ano ang mas mainam na kursong dapat kunin,” said Cruz.

Because of the overwhelming number of jobless nurses, the DOLE implemented a daring program in 2010. With the Department of Health, the RN HEALS program employed jobless nurses.

The hiring of nurses was duo-pronged in objective: lessen the numbers of the unemployed and at the same time, answer the need for medical practitioners in far-flung areas.

On top of this, Cruz also stated that Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz gave an order to organize a special jobs fair for unemployed nurses whether or not they have passed the licensure exams.

“Tutulungan tayo ng mga BPO (business process outsourcing) at ng mga drug companies na pwedeng i-absorb ang mga nursing graduates na ito,” Usec Cruz said. (Gideon M Gapayao-TP-CNEX/PIA9-BST)




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