Tesda to shut down non-performing vocational schools

By Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) Updated September 27, 2010 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Several schools offering technical and vocational courses might be shut down for failure to produce skilled graduates.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Joel Villanueva said they are now completing the review of the performance of these schools, which he declined to identify.

He said the graduates of these schools fail to get jobs because of the poor quality of modules used.

It was also discovered that despite the inferior quality of instruction provided and non-compliance with TESDA standards, these schools have been charging exorbitant fees.

“We will exercise the power to shut down bogus schools, as well as tech-voc schools offering TESDA accredited programs but not following TESDA standards,” Villanueva said.

“Our goal is to produce quality, globally-competitive graduates; to make sure that our tech-voc graduates will be employed whether here or abroad after their trainings that we have to take action against these kinds of tech-voc schools and institutions and close them down,” he added.

Villanueva said they will closely coordinate with local government units and the association of technical and vocational schools in going after these erring institutions.          - With Mayen Jaymalin

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