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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Rep. Escudero lobbies for NCAE institutionalization

MANILA, November 16, 2016--Congressman Evelina "Nanay Evie" Escudero has filed a proposal to institutionalize the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) among high school students.

Rep. Evelina Escudero
Escudero, chair of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, submitted the House Bill 2867 or the National Career Assessment Examination Act aimed at harmonizing and matching the supply of the tertiary institution with the demand of the country’s employment market.

NCAE is created in recognition of the vital role of assessment that plays in education. Under the Department of Education (DepEd) Orders No. 05 s. 2005, its primary purpose is to monitor the education system and schools for public accountability, measure students’ achievement and evaluate their mastery skills.

At the present, the NCAE is being conducted yearly through the DepEd Orders No. 05 s. 2005 and DepEd Memo No. 368 s. 2006. Hence, for whatever circumstance the agency cannot conduct the examination, they may order so. Enacting the NCAE Act into law will mandate the DepEd to ensure that the NCAE will be held every year.

The bill, which already passed the second reading, also seeks to address the problem of underemployment. Due to a low percentage of graduates who successfully found jobs suited for their respective courses, there is a shortage of employees in blue-collar jobs while an oversupply in white-collar jobs.

The strengthened NCAE shall act as an instrument to maintain a viable balance among the number of white-collared employees, laborers, and entrepreneurs through a provision of career direction to secondary graduates.

In addition to maintaining the highest quality of education in the Philippines, the bill likewise aims to minimize the wastage in education arising from drop-outs, non-completion, poor performance of students and the decreasing the number of passers in professional licensure examinations.

“NCAE shall institutionalize a career direction program for secondary graduates which would assess the potential of the student to enter a four-year degree program or to take a technical/vocational course to embark to entrepreneurship,” Escudero said.

“More importantly, it shall answer the pressing and apparent need to prepare high school graduates for national development and global competitiveness,” she added.
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