MANILA – SMART Communications, ASUS Philippines, and Lazada.com.ph will work together with Edukasyon.ph in holding pocket senior high fairs across Metro Manila that will be attended by over 25,000 junior high students this March.
“The Philippines currently suffers from the twin problems of: access to higher education where 800,000 students a year will never enter or graduate college; and massive youth unemployment of 30% in which even for college students, half of them can’t find a job at graduation, whilst 40% of employers complain that they can’t fill entry level positions,” Edukasyon.ph founder Henry Motte-Muñoz said.
“Students clearly need more guidance with regards to their education options, and advice on how to pick schools and courses that will help prepare them for their dream career. Our website, www.edukasyon.ph, does that and has already benefited 250,000 students,” he added.
The senior high fairs aim to provide a venue for students and parents to discover senior high tracks and career pathways; inquire to senior high schools; and apply to these schools using the Edukasyon.ph online platform. As the second year of the K-12 program rolls out, these topics are expected to be increasingly relevant for incoming Grade 11 students.
“This series of free senior high fairs is part of our initiatives to gather many senior high schools in one place in order to offer a range of choice to students of Metro Manila. Along with our partners, we bring the students closer to education opportunities and scholarships that would help prepare them for their dream career,” Motte-Muñoz said. “Students are able to apply online directly, and for free, to the courses and schools of their choice in a matter of minutes, on any device.”
Last February 27-28, Edukasyon.ph held the largest two-day senior high fair in Southern Metro Manila in partnership with the Muntinlupa City Government and the local Department of Education – School Division Office (DepEd-SDO). Over 5,000 junior high school students attended and more than 3,000 of them applied to their future schools at the event.
Also, another senior high fair was held in Pasay City last March 15 in partnership with the Pasay City Government and their local DepEd-SDO. This was attended by over 2,000 students from 8 local junior high schools.
Career guidance important for K-12 success
The highlight of the Muntinlupa event included career talks delivered by speakers who discussed the four senior high tracks and the various careers these tracks can lead to.
“Our goal is to discuss the different senior high tracks with students so they understand them fully. Afterwards, we want to introduce them to a range of schools that offer these tracks. We want to offer them choices so they find the best fit for themselves,” Edukasyon.ph Student Engagement Head Daniel Macusi said.
In his keynote speech, Muntinlupa Congressman Ruffy Biazon underscored the importance of going to senior high to become productive citizens in the country. “Kapag nakapagtapos tayo ng estudyante sa ilalim ng K-12 system, employable at productive ang ating mamamayan (If students finish the K-12 system, our people can now be employable and productive),” he said.
“[S]a ilalim ng basic education, ang graduates pwede nang maging productive. Pwede ng maging employable [dahil] meron [na silang] karagdagang skills na tungo sa paghahanapbuhay (Under this basic education, the graduates will be productive. They are employable because they will have additional job-ready skills),” Biazon added.
Biazon also encouraged students to take technical-vocational-livelihood courses because skill workers are the in-demand jobs that our country needs.
The next school fairs will be held on March 20-23 at P. Guevarra Elementary School and Antonio Maceda Integrated School in Manila, and on March 30-31 at Makati High School in Makati.
Meanwhile, there will be career clinics around schools in Quezon City. These are: Culiat High School, Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School on the 21st; Sauyo High School on the 28th; Ismael Mathay High School on the 29th; San Francisco High School and Tandang Sora High School on the 30th; and New Era High School and Commonwealth High School on the 31st.
Students who want to join the fairs are encouraged to pre-register at www.edukasyon.ph. Walk-ins will also be accommodated at the senior high fairs.