The technical-vocational (techvoc) sector in the country must raise its standard as to make Filipinos globally competitive, an expert said.
Antonio Matias Galvez, also known as Tony Galvez, is a tech-voc guru and an expert in the tech-voc education and training industry in the Philippines. He owns the Tony Galvez School of Cosmetology and is the current President of Tevsaphil-Quezon City.
Galvez stressed the need to advance the tech-voc in the country and debunk the misconception that those Filipinos who enroll under this course have no capability to enter colleges or universities.
“Public perception has not been kind to TVET (Tevhnical and Vocational Education and Training) service-oriented professional occupations. Many hold an unfounded perception that those who engage in technical and vocational occupations are academically inept to handle real college academic work. This has been aggravated by unfair categorization that a student taking a baccalaureate degree is intelligently superior, while a student of a vocational course is academically deficient,” he said.
“As such, many families endeavor to send their children to take college degree courses, despite the financial quagmire they are in, only to be disappointed later as their children cannot be employed in jobs that are related to their respective courses, or put it otherwise, job mismatch,” Galvez added.
Galvez said innovation must equip tech-voc education, training program and curriculum to upgrade them and intensify its standard.
“It’s time to put our TVET qualifications high. Let us set the standard. If Singapore and Japan did it, we can also do it. This is the Philippines and Filipinos have always been a winner by heart. We can even make the Philippines become the center of tech-voc education in Asia,” he said.
“We, tech-voc practitioners, may be partners of the government in reaching out to the masses, to barangays and even to far flung areas by teaching them skills for livelihood but it doesn’t mean we don’t need to improve and become world class,” Galvez added.