Follow IATF guidelines during training: TESDA
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro Lapeña is hoping that students and instructors would follow the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) guidelines once face-to-face training resumes.
“I expect the trainees and instructors to strictly follow the guidelines, especially the safety and health protocols. Let us protect one another,” Lapeña told the Philippine News Agency in an online interview on Friday.
He added that TESDA gives importance to the students’ desire to have their training, and also acknowledges the trainers’ need to work, especially those in the private training centers.
The safety and health of everyone should always be considered, he said.
“We are looking at resuming the training this July,” he said, adding that there is no specific date yet. Resumption of training will also not happen simultaneously for each course/qualification, because it is unlike the school calendar of the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.
Lapeña said training would resume in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ. A combination of alternative learning options and face-to-face training would be applied.
“In areas under MGCQ, face-to-face training and competency assessment may be allowed at 50 percent capacity, following all relevant guidelines and protocols. For areas under GCQ, different modes will be used depending on the training to be conducted. For most of the training, full online, distance learning and the e-learning component of blended learning are allowed,” he said.
Enterprise-based training and in-plant training are also allowed in establishments allowed to operate in GCQ areas. In-plant training, he said, is a component of enterprise-based training where training is implemented in the establishment or company, guided by a mutually agreed training plan.
Meanwhile, Lapeña thanked the IATF for its positive response. “Because of the trainees’ call to resume classes, we requested for the IATF-EID approval. The public can be rest assured we would strictly implement all the safety protocols,” he said.— Source:/ (PNA)