The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture has unanimously approved a measure which seeks to amend the K–to-12 Basic Education Program. Under the proposed “Education Pathways Act”, junior high school graduates will have the option to skip senior high school if they will pursue a technical-vocational program provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Otherwise, they can pursue a college preparatory program (Grades 11-12) under the Department of Education (DepEd).
The two options in the proposed “Education Pathways Act,” are as follows:
- College Preparatory Pathway – students will advance to Grades 11 and 12 and take up a curriculum developed specifically to prepare students for college / university studies.
- Technical-Vocational Education Pathway – students will enroll in their chosen technical-vocational program to develop practical skills.
Currently, all senior high school programs including technical-vocational courses fall under the jurisdiction of the DepEd.