CHED urges col­lege leavers to fin­ish stud­ies by 2018

Sun.Star Pampanga - - IN CAMPUS! - BY ERIKA MARIEL B. GINES Sun.Star Staff Writer

The Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHED) called on stu­dents who grad­u­ated from high school prior to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the K to 12 pro­gram, as well those who have yet to fin­ish their un­der­grad­u­ate degrees, to en­roll in col­lege on or be­fore school year 2017-2018 as the coun­try shift to a new ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem.

Through a me­moran­dum dated 13 July 2015, CHED Chair Pa­tri­cia Licua­nan said that the CHED Com­mis­sion En Banc passed Res­o­lu­tion No. 264, se­ries of 2015 which al­lows stu­dents “who grad­u­ated from high school prior to 2016, un­der the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum be­fore K12, and who failed to com­plete their un­der­grad­u­ate degrees, to en­roll and fin­ish their baccalaureate degrees from SYs 2016-2017 to 2017-2018, as a ‘last chance to go to col­lege,’ sub­ject to the poli­cies of their re­spec­tive higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion.”

In a Face­book post, the CHED K to 12 Tran­si­tion Pro­gram clar­i­fied that the Life­long Learner Track aims to give as­sis­tance for higher ed­u­ca­tion at­tain­ment of stu­dents who grad­u­ated from high school un­der the old cur­ricu­lum be­fore the K to 12 re­form was im­ple­mented.

“All stu­dents who en­ter or re­turn to col­lege from SY 2018-2019 on­wards will be pre­sumed to have grad­u­ated from Se­nior High School. If you have pre­vi­ously taken col­lege courses, the col­lege or univer­sity you en­roll in may credit them, con­sis­tent with the sys­tems and poli­cies of in­di­vid­ual schools in terms of cred­it­ing,” it read.

CHED also added that they com­mis­sioned the Philip­pine Survey and Research Cen­ter, Inc. (PSRC) to conduct a study on the po­ten­tial stu­dents un­der the Life­long Learner Track. “The research ad­dresses the long­stand­ing need for a proper study on out of school youth, and how the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, par­tic­u­larly higher ed­u­ca­tion, can best re­spond to their needs,” they said.

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