The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) reported on Wednesday that since 2012 over 1.2 million Filipinos have registered for the various online courses and programs being offered by the agency, with 900,000 actually enrolling and undergoing these.
TESDA’s online program (TOP) was created with the goal of making technical education more accessible to Filipinos, especially those who may find it difficult to attend classes in person, thanks to distance or scheduling constraints. Online classes offer a flexibility which opens the window of education for many people. TOP also allows people to enroll in multiple classes. The program in total offers 58 classes.
For the last six years, more than 441,000 people have completed their online courses, based on TESDA’s records.
One of the top program being offered online is Basic Computer Operation and Web Development, which TESDA reports to have seen a surge in popularity among enrollees over the last three years.
At the 4th High Officials Meeting (HOM) of Southeast Asia TVET that the Philippines hosted recently, TESDA Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said the agency will promote online training, assessment, and certification.
Mamondiong also stressed that improved internet access is needed to meet this goal.