Cecille Suerte Felipe – The Philippine Star
October 2, 2023 | 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) should hire 47,000 more assessors to certify the proficiency of almost 500,000 senior high school learners so they can eventually get jobs, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said yesterday.
Gatchalian pointed out that the shortage of qualified assessors remains a challenge for TESDA despite the government’s funding of assessment and certification for senior high school learners pursuing the technical-vocational-livelihood (TVL) track.
“We have to start the process of getting assessors for the 470,000 senior high school learners. We generated the funds. It’s up to TESDA now to look for assessors,” Gatchalian said.
During a recent briefing on TESDA’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2024, Gatchalian noted that the Senate is moving to allocate around P1.5 billion for the assessment and certification of more than 470,000 senior high school learners taking the TVL track.
For school year 2020-2021, 473,911 senior high school graduates chose the TVL track, 32,965 of whom took the national certification. Out of those who took the national certification, 31,993 or 97.1 percent passed, but the overall certification rate for that school year was only equivalent to 6.8 percent.
The Department of Education (DepEd) previously pointed out that the certification process is a bottleneck for TVL learners.
“Going by the math, if we have more than 470,000 senior high school learners in tech-voc and we’re going by the 10 is to 1 ratio, we will need 47,000 assessors, and yet you’re planning to add only 11,000,” Gatchalian told TESDA officials during the budget briefing.
Data from the TESDA Certification Office showed that there are only 7,551 accredited competency assessors nationwide.
TESDA director general Suharto Mangudadatu has proposed training DepEd district supervisors as assessors.
Gatchalian, however, said that DepEd supervisors have their own workload.