Coach Albert’s Thoughts About the K-12
One of the three specialization tracks in K-12 is the tech-voc track which is basically the concern of Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teachers.
Through this track, K-12 graduates may be eligible to obtain Certificates of Competency (COC) or National Certificates Levels I, II and III (Learn more about what TESDA does). Simply put, with certificates of competencies from TESDA, senior high school (SHS) graduates are employment ready!
Cruz noted that K-12 is “employment-ready, community-related, and elective-rich”. Grades 11 and 12 will be the main vehicle for preparing students for work immediately after graduation since the tech-voc track in the SHS will already give students enough training and skills for entrepreneurship or employment. Hence, (Cruz, 2012).
The tech-voc track in the exploratory level (this is the Junior High School), identified by DepEd and TESDA includes mensuration, technical drafting, utilization of hand tools, occupational health and safety, and tools and equipment maintenance. A total of 23 qualifications which were identified for offering at the exploratory level.
For the SHS, DepEd and TESDA initially identified agri-fishery, fashion design, food processing, electrical, electronics, and machine shop (Dawa-Hernandez, 2011). Since there is also a need to offer specializations relevant to local needs and conditions, Deped and TESDA are seriously looking into offering community-based programs in the tech-voc track.
But who should teach in the tech-voc track? Can TLE teachers handle specialized tech-voc courses?