Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Grads must fit job mart – GMA

By: Jeffrey C. Tiangco - People's Journal

SCHOOLS should see to it that the courses they offer fit the demands of the market to ensure that their graduates enjoy a competitive edge in the quest for jobs here and abroad.

Thus said President Macapagal-Arroyo in her keynote address during the opening of the two-day First Biennial Education Congress last January 31 to February 1 at the Manila Hotel.

“We ask colleges and universities to update themselves about the current demands in the local and international market, and to offer courses fitting their graduates to the skills requirements of available jobs,” the President stressed.

Earlier, Malacañang, initiated the holding of the education congress to draw up plans and undertake immediate steps to cure the ills of the Philippine educational system.

During the summit, the President said there should be “no more customs administration, a little bit less of business management, more of entrepreneurship” in course offerings.

She also asked colleges and universities established by local governments units to “comply with the standards of the Commission on Higher Education.”

In her address before the FBEC, the President also instructed the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) to “update its licensure examinations to reflect current technical and scientific requirements of business and industry.”

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