InterAksyon - GUESS | Which teachers' schools have the best passing rates?

By: Tricia Aquino,

March 18, 2014 11:08 AM

MANILA - To help students and parents choose the best school to study being a teacher, education reform organization Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) analyzed the results of the state licensure exams from October 2009 to September 2013, making the research public Monday.

Based on data from the Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Higher Education, PBEd found that only 10 percent of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) offering elementary teaching education and only 12 percent of TEIs offering secondary teaching education had at least 75 percent of their students pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

A dismal 59 percent of TEIs offering elementary teaching education and 63 percent offering secondary teaching education had passing rates that fell below the national passing rates of 52 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

PBEd President Chito Salazar said that the organization, which was founded by some of the country’s top CEOs over concerns about the quality of the graduates entering the workforce, wanted to focus on the quality of teachers who mold these graduates. An excellent teacher could make up for poor classroom facilities and shortages in books, he said.

Teacher quality was key to improving the Philippines’ education system, he said. This was why PBEd chose to look at the persons who become teachers – the LET passers.

16.7% completion rate

There are two LETs in a year. Out of the three million enrollees from school years 2001 to 2008, only 504,000 graduated in their expected years of graduation of 2005 to 2012. This makes the average completion rate of an education major 16.7 percent, according to PBEd.

Looking at first-time examinees, however, only 268,361 took the LET from October 2009 to September 2013: 124,224 for the elementary teaching exam, and 144,137 for the secondary teaching exam.

A total of 64,947 passed the elementary teaching exam (52 percent), and 81,144 passed the secondary teaching exam (56 percent).

From here, the best performing schools with 80 percent and above passing rates for both elementary and secondary exams with at least 250 takers are:

TEIs with 1,100-plus test-takers:

  • Philippine Normal University (Manila) – 93 percent

  • University of Santo Tomas – 93 percent

  • Saint Louis University – 86 percent

TEIs with 500 to 999 test-takers:

  • University of the Philippines (Diliman) – 97 percent

  • Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) – 89 percent

  • Bohol Island State University – 84 percent

  • University of St. La Salle – 85 percent

  • University of Southeastern Philippines (Tagum-Mabini) – 84 percent

TEIs with 250 to 499 test-takers:

  • De La Salle University – 99 percent

  • Ateneo de Naga University – 86 percent

17 TEIs had zero LET passers since October 2009 for both first time takers and repeaters. These are:

  • Asian College of Science and Technology-Dumaguete – elementary

  • Camarines Norte State College (Labo) – elementary

  • Camarines Sur Community College – elementary

  • Dansalan Polytechnic College – secondary

  • Datu Mala Muslim Mindanao Islamic College Foundation, Inc. – secondary

  • Dr. P. Ocampo Colleges – secondary

  • La Consolacion College (Biñan) – secondary

  • South Upi College – elementary

  • Southern Capital College – secondary

  • Southern Bukidnon Foundation Academy – secondary

  • Southway College of Technology – secondary

  • Southwestern Mindanao Islamic Institute – secondary

  • St. Joseph College Inc. (Amaya) – elementary

  • Sultan Kudarat Educational Institution – elementary

  • Universidad de Zamboanga (Ipil) – elementary

  • Unda Memorial National Agricultural School – elementary

  • Wesleyan College of Manila – secondary

The education programs at Asian College of Science and Technology-Dumaguete and La Consolacion College (Biñan) have since been stopped. The one in St. Joseph College Inc. (Amaya) is being contested.

PBEd looked at 1,025 TEIs offering elementary teaching education and 1,259 TEIs offering secondary teaching education which fielded LET examinees.

Raising quality for teacher education

Salazar said Filipinos should demand that the public schools they subsidize through their taxes, as well as the private schools they send their children to, perform well in the LET. If these had no capacity to provide quality teaching education to their students, as evidenced by their consistently poor performance in the LET, their programs must be shut down.

PBEd research director Miguel Borromeo gave a few more suggestions. TEIs must be given incentives for performing well, such as providing more budget to public schools and accrediting private schools. TEIs must also be required to make their LET results available to parents and students so the latter can make informed decisions.

Borromeo added that the Department of Education and private school associations must let the TEIs know which teaching specializations are needed so as to balance supply and demand.

Salazar admitted that PBEd was not able to analyze whether the LET was a good measure of what a teacher should be. This is where future studies must improve upon, said Borromeo.

In other countries, said Salazar, only the top 10 percent of graduates are allowed to teach. With the thousands of minds a single teacher shapes in his or her career, screening is important, he said.

Salazar called on the public to be vigilant on the LET performance of these schools.

How well did your school do? See the results of the study at