Issue of April 7, 2019
Mt. Province

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LT lauded for SHS work immersion program
by PNA

The Department of Education-Cordillera has lauded the municipal government of La Trinidad, Benguet for institutionalizing a program accepting senior high school students for their work immersion.

Seeing that the immersion program, which started last year, was successful, the municipal government and the DepEd signed a memorandum of agreement that institutionalized acceptance of senior high students.

DepEd Assistant Regional Director Bettina Aquino said La Trinidad’s framework can be adopted by other local government units.

We hope that all LGUs will have that, kung saan magkakaroon ng practicum ang mga grades 11 and 12,” Aquino said.

Aquino said that in the recently-conducted senior high school summit, one of the challenges raised is the lack of immersion partners for senior high school students.

She said an employee of the local government is assigned to handle the immersion program, including the orientation, a briefing on the processes and their fields of assignment.

She said all academic tracks are accepted by the municipality. They also link the students to industries taking up the technical-vocational and livelihood track.

“They are covered by a MOA which is for five years, thus schools are not worried where they can bring their students for their immersion every year,” Aquino added.

La Trinidad’s present program is with Guisad Valley High School, a Baguio City-based school.

Prior to graduation in senior high school, each student is required to undergo a minimum of 40 hours immersion where they are made to observe and do real work.

“Immersion is observing the workplace to confirm the theories they learn in the classroom,” said Georaloy Palao-ay of the Public Affairs Division of DepEd-Cordillera.

He said during the summit, several senior high school students below 18 years old and some partners raised concern about activities that they can give students that do not violate the child labor law.

Palao-ay shared that some partners provide an employee-mentor who assists the students in the workplace.

He cited as example the immersion program of students taking up the technical, vocational and livelihood strand who, after internship, would know how to properly set a table and talk to customers.

“The goal is to make the students ready for the job if they decide to work after high school,” Aquino said.

The DepEd Cordillera said 12,275 students in public schools all over the region will finish senior high school this year. From private schools, there are over 13,000 students expected to graduate.

Aquino said most of the graduates took up the academic track, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Accounting, Business Management, Humanities, and Arts and Design.

In the region, only the Baguio City National High School offered the Sports strand.

The TVL is completed with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and other industries and TVL institutions offering the skills.

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