/ 14 July 2022

PRESIDENT Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’  Marcos Jr. stressed the need to review the education curriculum to enhance the skills of students.

During a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Marcos said that basic education skills and knowledge must be improved to prepare students as they pursue higher learning and at the same time address job mismatch.

“That is why we have to look at the curriculum as well. Not only of TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), but also even our diploma courses,” he said.

To address job mismatch, Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual pledged to work closely with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and TESDA.

Pascual said the DTI is strengthening efforts to assist universities in developing micro-credentialing systems so that they can catch up with fast-changing technological advancements.

“We’re developing or helping universities develop this system of micro-credentialing because technology is changing very fast. There is a need for workers to update themselves, to reskill or upskill,” he said.

Pascual cited the case of the National University of Singapore which offers focused but short courses on certain technology and awards students with micro-credential, which is similar to a diploma but for a short course.

The DTI secretary also suggested that Filipino teachers be sent abroad for training.

“Vietnam, for example, sends teachers to the United States and Europe for advanced studies,” he said.