Industry is willing to hire K-12 graduates and committed to support the successful implementation of the K-12 reform. This is the core message of my interview that the news feature by Ms. Apples Jalandoni which aired on TV Patrol’s March 9, 2018 episode failed to include. The research that Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) conducted, which was shared to Ms. Jalandoni right after the interview, shows that most industry-required core competencies for entry level jobs match the targeted competencies of the DepEd. As such, many business leaders have expressed their willingness to hire K-12 graduates. This commitment has in fact translated into a significant number of companies pledging to give preference to senior high school graduates for some of their entry level positions.
Only using bits of the interview for a news angle is a disservice to the private sector’s years of unstinting support for educational reforms in the country. Ensuring that education’s promise of success for every Filipino learner requires the news to truly and wholly represent this fact: business has been and always will be a partner in connecting education to success and economic opportunities for all. I call on TV Patrol to clarify industry’s position on this matter.
Executive Director, Philippine Business for Education
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