Confusion reigns in public and private high schools around the county as the Department of Education (DepEd) decided to indefinitely postpone the National Career Assessment Examination or NCAE for the third time this school year.
It is supposed to be conducted this March 1 and 2. Because of this development, high school students will have regular classes on those two days instead.
Grade 9 students (formerly referred to as third year high school students) nationwide are required to take the NCAE to determine their aptitude and occupational interests in preparation for senior high school (SHS).
Upon reaching SHS, they will be asked to choose among different tracks such as accountancy, business, and management (ABM), humanities and social sciences (HUMSS), science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and technical-vocational-livelhood (TVL).
The NCAE was originally scheduled for August 30 and 31, 2016 before it was moved to December 7 and 8. The March schedule was announced earlier this month.
This announcement comes a week after DepEd also indefinitely postponed the conduct of the annual National Achievement Test for Grade 6 and 10 students. With only three weeks to go before the fourth periodical test, it is not possible that both NCAE and NAT will not happen at all.