2014 LET schools performance improved, bad schools worsened
The performance of teacher education institutions (TEIs) in the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) generally improved in 2014. There are approximately 1,200 TEIs in the Philippines. Unfortunately, more than half of them still have more than 50% of their graduates fail the LET. Furthermore, the performance of TEIs with less than 20% test-taker passing rate in the Secondary LET continues to deteriorate.
More passers in 2014
Consequently, the percentage of first time takers and repeaters who passed in 2014 is higher than the combined average of 2009-2013. However, the contrary happened in the 2014 Secondary LET overall takers, which slightly decreased by 1%. This means that more repeaters are repeating the Secondary LET.
Poor Performers in the LET
Furthermore, an alarming number of TEIs in the country still perform poorly in the LET; 537 TEIs offering elementary and 774 TEIs offering secondary teacher education are below the average national test-taker passing rate of 2014.
In terms of regional performance in the LET from 2009 to 2014, Regions 4B, 9, 12, 13, and ARMM have the highest percentage of poor performing TEIs relative to the total number of TEIs in their regions.
Worse and Worst Performing TEIs
Along with the poor performers are the “worse” performers or TEIs that only have 20% of their students pass the LET. They are now fewer in the Elementary LET compared to 2009-2013 while the opposite happened in the Secondary LET.
Additionally, the “worst” performers or TEIs which have less than 20% of their students pass the LET from 2009 to 2014 for both Elementary and Secondary Education are: Pacasum College, Sulu State College, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, Mindanao Islamic Computer College, Mindanao State University – Jolo, Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamic, Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College, Marawi Islamic College, Marawi Capitol Foundation College, Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao, Lapak Agricultural College – Siasi, Luna Colleges, Mindanao Capitol College, De La Vida College, Gani L. Abpi Colleges, Mapandi Memorial College, Lanao Educational Institute, South Upi College, Agro-Industrial Foundation Colleges of the Philippines, Cali Paramedical College Foundation, Southern Capital College, and Greenville College.
Top Performing TEIs
On a lighter note, the top performers or TEIs that have more than 80% of their graduates pass the LET from 2009-2014 for both Elementary and Secondary Education are Philippine Normal University – Manila, University of Santo Tomas, Saint Louis University, Xavier University, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Bohol Island State University – Tagbilaran, University of Saint La Salle, Ateneo de Naga University, University of Southeastern Philippines – Tagum, De La Salle University – Manila, Silliman University, and Saint Bridget’s College.
Improving Teacher Quality
The research results of Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) show that only those in the borderlines between poor, average, and good performers increased their performance. While the worse (20% and below) performers, especially in the secondary LET, continue to decrease every year.
PBEd, through the Manifesto for Teacher Quality, reiterates its call to improve and implement systems and policies that affect teacher training in the Philippines as mandated by the law. The Manifesto, calls on CHED to strictly monitor and evaluate the performance of TEIs, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to adopt, institute, and publish a comprehensive rating system based on the passing ratio and overall performance of students in the LET, the Board of Professional Teachers to release previous LET questions, PRC to implement a three-strike rule on LET takers, and to revise of the LET application form.
Signatories of the manifesto are: Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU), Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU), Philippine Normal University, University of Santo Tomas, Saint Louis University, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Bohol Island State University – Tagbilaran, University of Saint La Salle, University of Southeastern Philippines - Tagum-Mabini Campus, De La Salle University – Manila, Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Ateneo de Davao University, Mariano Marcos State University, West Visayas State University, Bicol University, Centro Escolar University – Manila, Siliman University, and Bicol University.
The study on LET performance of TEIs between 2009-2013 and 2014 is a project of Philippine Business for Education (PBEd). To download the LET table of results, click here.