The Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been slammed for the alleged “poor implementation” of its Special Training Employment Program (STEP).
The STEP is an initiative meant for millions of Filipinos in disadvantaged sectors to get meaningful employment to support their respective families.
Proof of TESDA’s pitiful performance in this aspect is the fact that only 2,451 (or 5.64 percent) out of 75,000 graduates of STEP managed to find jobs.
“I wonder what they are doing in TESDA,” according to one CoA official who asked not to be identified. “They must be sleeping on the job.”
In its 2019 audit report, the CoA said the TESDA’s awful performance was despite the P2.1 billion budget which Congress had given to fund the STEP.
CoA explained that the STEP was supposed to benefit scholars from disadvantaged sectors, but based on the results, Metro Manila and Central Luzon posted ZERO employment – despite their having 20,691 and 12,481 scholars, respectively.
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