THE Department of Education has agreed to add tourism and hospitality industry training to the high school curriculum, the Department of Tourism said.The new courses will be added to the technical and vocational curriculum for junior and senior high school in the public school system.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement Thursday, “We hope that this convergence will pave the way to a seamless transition from Senior High School to Higher Education, ensuring that our students are ready when they enter the industry.”
The two departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Convergence on Tourism Education and Training along with the Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Romulo-Puyat said the agreement will strengthen tourism and human capital development in the Philippines, adding “this will institutionalize the harmonization efforts of the government sector, the academe and the tourism industry.”
The deal will also seek to promote Education Tourism, a highlight of the National Tourism Development Plan 2016 to 2022. — Gillian M. Cortez