Higher education institutions (HEIs) in Davao and elsewhere in the country should revise their courses and retain only those that offer greater chance of employment, according to a ranking tertiary institution accreditor.
Dr. Raymund P. Arcega, president of the Association of Local Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (ALCUCOA), also said that the Philippine Employment Service Office (PESO) of each region must address the issue of lower employment in their respective area.
Arcega strongly urged PESO managers to have a dialogue with different administrators of colleges and universities and convince them to re-align the courses they offer, to meet the economic demands of the localities that they serve.
“PESO managers, you have to talk to university presidents and tell them to abolish these courses that will not generate or guarantee an employment for these graduates,” Arcega said on Friday during the 18th PESO Congress at the SMX Convention Center.
He said “we have to make sure that the curriculum that they are providing is responsive to the needs of the economy,”
The ALCUCOA president also encouraged PESO executives to direct their focus from figure collation to addressing the needs of the unemployed.
“You have to take active role in defining the future if education.” He added, “The end of education is employment. Employment is your accountability.”
The 2018 data of the Philippine Statistics (PSA) shows 21.9% or 508,080 college graduates form part of the 2.32 million jobless Filipinos.
PSA also showed 13.7% or 317,840 of the unemployed were college undergraduates while 29.4% of 682,080 were junior high school level graduates of the old curriculum.
There were 21.3% or 853,320.6 college graduates of the four million, 14.5 % or 580,899 were college undergraduates and 33.1 or 1,326,052.2% have completed junior high school level.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that Davao Region’s employment rate as of January 2018 was 95.3 percent, higher compared to the 94.1 percent recorded in the same period last year.
Arcega also said PESO and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) should address the gap between academic institutions and the industry practitioners.
“We have to involve more industry practitioners in school. PESO and DOLE should play an active role to reconcile the bgap between the universities and colleges, for not all are producing quality graduates,” he said.