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Pia Cayetano seeks evaluation of senior HS system: Dapat job-ready ang graduates!

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Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano will make the evaluation of the country’s Senior High School (SHS) system a priority should she win the May senatorial race.

In a statement, Cayetano said she wants to gauge whether the program has met the objective of making K-12 graduates job-ready.

“Sa larangan ng edukasyon, ang bibigyan ko ng prayoridad ay ang Senior High School program. Nagpa-graduate na tayo ng first batch ng Senior High Schools last year. Sa dalawang taon na kinuha natin sa buhay nila, ano bang mga skills ang natutunan nila?” Cayetano asked in a radio interview on Tuesday.

The lawmaker said she already drafted the Senate resolution she intends to file seeking to evaluate the implementation of the country’s K-12 Education Program, particularly the SHS programs in both public and private schools across the country.

“Ifa-file ko ito agad dahil gusto ko magkaroon ng immediate feedback sa lawmakers sa kung ano ba ang nangyari, kung job-ready ba itong mga bata,” Cayetano said.

One of the objectives of the K-12 system is to make senior high graduates job-ready or equipped with basic entrepreneurial skills.

However, a study conducted in 2018 by the Philippine Business for Education showed that only 20 percent of the 70 leading companies in the country are open to hiring SHS graduates.

Meanwhile, a separate study by JobStreet last year revealed that only 24 percent of employers using its website are ready to hire SHS graduates for entry level positions.