Consider vocational training
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
There is a move from Education officials to encourage more students to take up vocational courses if they want to be assured of work to be available to them in a much shorter time than going for other professions would.
This is very practical suggestion that both students and their parents should seriously consider. There are now more schools offering vocational subjects, and there is the Techonological Education and Skills Development Authority that has already gained a reputation for training those who want to spend less time in school because of responsibilities they face, or because their families do not have the means to finance studies that lead to a degree.
Furthermore, this will also be advantageous to those who may have the capacity to go for further studies, but do not have the means to pursue them right after high school graduation. By studying or taking up a vocational course, they may find a job faster and, if they are persevering enough, could, by this means, work further for a college degree through night school, as what many professionals of today have also done.
This has been proven by so many who are now lawyers, accountants and even teachers, who struggled to seek a better life by funding their education themselves. The presence of vocational schools and the opportunities for a less expensive way of acquiring skills encourages this, and leaves no excuse for those who claim they are jobless, or who get into questionable ways of earning a living.
The call for students to take up vocational courses is very timely, now that the schoolyear is ending and thousands will be graduating from high school. Let it not be said that thousands also will not have a chance to work and be productive for lack of opportunities to learn a craft and thus chances to earn, if their families cannot afford to send them to college. A vocational education could be a stepping stone to the fulfillment of one’s dreams.*