College graduates grow 2.9% yearly, NSCB says PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 April 2012 14:03

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said the number of higher education graduates in the Philippines recorded an anual growth of 2.9 percent for the academic year (AY) 2000-2001 to 2009-2010.

The NSCB said from academic year 2000-2001 to 2009 -2010 the total number of graduates increased from 363,640 to 481,862.
The ratio of the total higher education graduates to the 20 to 34-year old population barely improved from 1.9 percent in 2000 to two percent in 2010.

NSCB said the number of graduates of Education Science and Teacher Training is on the downtrend.

In AY 2000-2001, there were 71,349 graduates of education science and teacher training. In AY 2009-2010, the number went down to 56,209.
“The share of graduates of education and teacher training and engineering and technology to total higher education graduates is on the downtrend,” NSCB said.

For a number of years since AY 2000-2001, the highest number of graduates came from business administration, education and teacher training and engineering and technology.

During AY 2005-2006, graduates of medical and allied pushed down engineering and technology from number three and overtook business administration as the number one field from AY 2006-2007 to AY 2008-2009.

“With the oversupply of unemployed nurses, business administration was again number one in AY 2009-2010,” NSCB said.

By region, the share of graduates from the National Capital Region (NCR) has been going down significantly.