The Department of Education (DepEd) has rolled out a Career Guidance Program (CGP) for incoming Senior High School (SHS) students to guide them on their career path in time for the National Early Registration for Grade 10 completers in October.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the CGP will assist Grade 10 students make informed choices regarding their preferred SHS track. “We want our students to be aware of the importance of choosing a track that suits their interest while at the same time matches the available resources as well as job opportunities that await them,” he added.
The four major tracks in the SHS Program are Academic, Technical-Vocational Livelihood, Sports, and Arts and Design.
As specified in Department Order 41 series of 2015, one of the activities of the CGP is the discussion of the Career Guidance Manual containing three modules to be conducted by the class adviser during their Homeroom Guidance class.
Module 1 “Embarking on a Journey of Self-Discovery” is about the learner’s discovery of who they are in terms of likes, values, skills, and interests. Module 2 “Examining the Destinations” informs the learner of the possible resources they may use in realizing their dreams through the different SHS tracks. Module 3 “Charting Your Own Course” focuses on improving the decision-making skills of the learner and integrates his/her self-awareness in choosing the SHS track that suits him/her.
The activities under CGP will culminate in the Career Guidance Week set on October 12 to 16, 2015 during which schools are directed to intensify the awareness campaign through career fairs and orientation seminars on the SHS program. DepEd will also discuss with the parents the SHS program through the Parent Teacher Conference scheduled on October 17, 2015.
Upon culmination of the CGP, the National Early Registration Day will be conducted on October 19 to 23, 2015 to ensure that SHS students are enrolled when the SHS is implemented starting school year 2016-2017.
Luistro explained that the DepEd Division Offices will also conduct a division-wide career guidance activities to cater to Grade 10 students enrolled in private schools and to high school graduates prior to the full implementation of the of K to 12 Program.
The career guidance is also open to the passers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) and the Accreditation & Equivalency (A&E) Test for the junior high school level.