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By Esther Care & Alvin Vista
To prepare students for the job markets that will await them, let’s focus on the skills, not the scores.
In today’s world, we are increasingly hearing calls for global competencies; that is, we are seeing demand for skills such as critical thinking and creativity across both manual and professional occupations. And as a result, education is on the brink of major reform. Countries such as Scotland, Croatia, Guatemala, and the Philippines may have little in common in terms of geography, industry, and socio-economic status, but according to a review of over 100 countries' educational mission statements and goals, they all agree that education should aspire to prepare students to deal with the non-routine in life. In fact, more than 86 percent of the countries studied agree on this point, emphasizing such 21st century skills as problem solving, communication, cooperation, and digital literacy.