Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ladderized education pushed

THE Commission on Higher Education yesterday said 98 percent of state colleges and universities are already implementing the government’s ladderized educational program.

CHED Commissioner Dr. Nona Ricafort, who leads the implementation of ladderized education, said CHED’s agenda is to increase the number of private higher educational institutions offering ladderized education.

“So far, only 35 percent of private colleges and universities are ladderized,” Ricafort, one of the guest speakers at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization sponsored forum in Greenhills, San Juan, told reporters.

“We’re targeting to increase the number to 60 to 70 percent by next school year,” Ricafort said.

Earlier CHED, in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development, worked for the “ladderization” of eight college programs.

These include Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Nursing, Information and Communication Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Transport and Engineering, Agricultural Technology, Criminology, and Technical Teaching Education.

The system was designed to help students taking technical and vocational programs to obtain a college education through an unconventional route.

Ricafort said through the ladderization program, students who were unable to finish college can still be hired in a tech-voc job. Jeffrey Tiangco

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