DepEd's K to 12: An Unwanted Choice
The Inquirer reports:
Tutan Ahmed and Raghabendra Chattopadhyay have recently examined the benefits of a general education and vocational education and training in India. Their conclusions are:
...only 58 percent of students in Central Luzon entering senior high school have enrolled... ...But more of them preferred to prepare for college degrees than acquire work skills to make them eligible for employment after high school. Of the 82,487 students who have enrolled, 45.87 percent prefer the academic track... ...DepEd said 33.27 percent of them are taking technical-vocational and livelihood courses...
Above copied from the Inquirer
In general, formal Vocational Education and Training (VET) and On the Job Training (OJT) are profitable for an individual in wage employment. However, this profitability declines when the effect of the training is measured at a higher level of general education. Formal VET and OJT for the primary and secondary school dropouts are clearly profitable.I emphasized "school dropouts" because these are the individuals that truly benefit from vocational training. It is therefore not surprising why some parents would prefer that their children take the academic track.