MAKATI CITY – Senior high strands under the Academic Track are still among the most chosen track for incoming Grade 11 students while strands under Technical-Vocational Livelihood (TVL) Track followed, according to an impact report.
Assessing the post-College and Career Awareness and Readiness Seminar (CARES) by local social enterprise Edukasyon.ph, the report showed that Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) were most consistently marked as the top choices of the students.
In partnership with Citi Foundation, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Career Development Association of the Philippines (CDAP), Edukasyon.ph held the CARES program last August on six cities nationwide namely Manila, Quezon City, Taguig, Pasay, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro. 1153 students and 583 parents attended the said seminar.
“All throughout the sessions, the strands under the Academic track made up at least fifty to sixty percent (50-60%) of the preferred SHS track, while the TVL track made up twenty to twenty-five percent (20-25%) with [the] Agri-Fishery more consistently ranked the lowest among its strands,” the report read.
Meanwhile, the result of Arts and Design, and Sports Track varied among regions. “[The] Arts & Design consistently has higher ratings over the Sports track. This particular finding is intriguing given that sports has consistently been marked as a top interest [or] skill, however, [the data] has shown to be undesired to be pursued by the students on the professional level,” the report further read.
Additionally, the report also noted that a majority of the participants were more certain with their chosen tracks or at least had a rough idea of who they want to be in the future.
The CARES program is a holistic training and community mentoring program involving different stakeholders in a student’s life which may include parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators. The project aims to provide long-term college and career training support for Grade 10 students.
“This career guidance helped me a lot not just to choose what track I [am] going to take in senior high but the lessons in life that I need to intake in order to achieve my goal,” one Maligaya High School Grade 10 student said.
Edukasyon.ph is a social enterprise in the education technology sector that connects students to education opportunities through an online portal, www.edukasyon.ph, and promotes career awareness among the Filipino youth.