A Maritime High School Question: How to bridge the Tech-Voc-Livelihood and Academic Tracks

This could perhaps be considered good suggested reading for school owners, Senior High School teachers, and most specially the Philippine Department of Education.

Imagine that you have a Tech-Voc-Livelihood (TVL) program that develops skills allowing your students to work through two years of Senior High School (SHS) covering skills ranging from navigational watch, steering ships, engine watch, stewardship and other pertinent skills related to ratings or non-officers. Take a look at this Suggested Technical-Vocational-Livelihood Maritime Specialization Scheduling of Subjects.

Now consider over the next two or so years, when learning interests/motivations and the global educational environment evolve, as learners begin to demonstrate skills or attributes enabling the desire to take a higher level of formal learning.

Meanwhile, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) and Academic Tracks, two programs requiring highly technical and more complex skills are  separately in place.

The following question may then come into sharp focus:

What if some or perhaps many students who are in Year 11 of K-12 demonstrate the competencies as well as the serious inclination towards a college program leading to officer roles?

The answer could be easier for those in the STEM and the Academic Tracks: Apply for admission to the suitable maritime academy of choice.

For those in the TVL track, this discussion may require several perspectives.

One is government policy. Another is blended learning or elearning. Yet another is collaboration.

Bridging program comes to mind. But I’d like to think that a unifying thread could be around the use of ICT.

What are your thoughts on this?