The Department of Education (DepEd) said recently it will initiate a program to monitor the direction of some 9,000 students from Palawan who comprised the first batch of graduates under the K-12 program.
Rose Vicente, DepEd-Palawan Assistant Division Superintendent, said they want to find out how many of the students will proceed to college and how many will opt out to find jobs instead.
“This task force will focus to track kung saan na ba sila napunta after nilang maka-graduate. Kung ano na ba ang nangyari sa ating senior high,” Vicente said.
She pointed out that the task force will only gather the data of the K-12 graduates. However, choices still depend on the students whether they continue studying or find jobs.
She said the DepEd cannot do anything if the graduates would decide to find work immediately instead of continuing their college education.
“Wala kaming magagawa kung magtatrabaho na sila. Encouraging them to go to college is what we can only do. Kung i-force sila na pumunta ng college kahit free pa ang education marami pa rin silang pangangailangan na baka hindi pa kaya,” Vicente added.
She said if the choice is the DepEd’s to make, it would want the first batch of graduates to continue their college education.
“Gusto namin na ipagpatuloy nila ang pag-aaral. ‘Wag nilang sayangin ang mga opportunity kung nandiyan na ang mga ganyang pagkakataon,” she added.