MB - Nat'l College Entrance Exam for Teachers Proposed

Manila Bulletin - Sat, March 22, 2014

Manila, Philippines --- To ensure the quality of education graduates, a group is pushing for a “National Entrance Examination” for teachers to “screen” qualified students even before they are allowed to enroll in college education programs.

The Philippine Business Education (PBEd), a non-government organization pushing education reforms in the country, said that pre-college screening instruments or standards such as a national entrance exam for those who wish to take up education courses should be explored.

“Teachers are at the forefront of the country’s education system and yet the importance of teachers to quality education is not given much attention,” said PBEd president Chito Salazar.

A “National Entrance Exam for Teachers,” PBEd said, would be very crucial to transform the quality of teacher education in the country which continues to deteriorate as indicated by the decreasing the number of those who pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), a requirement for teaching in public schools.

“Screening them would be very ideal so they don’t waste four years only to fail the exams,” Salazar said.

The PBEd recently released the findings of its study on Licensure Examination Performance of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) in the Philippines.

The study covered nine LET tests from October, 2009 to September, 2013 to find out the state of the country’s Teacher Education programs.

PBEd said the study showed that only “10 percent or 107 TEIs out of 1,025 for elementary and 12 percent or 151 out of 1,259 for secondary had at least 75 percent of their students pass the LET” and are considered as “Good Performing” schools.

Meanwhile, “59 percent or 601 out of 1,025 TEIs for the elementary and 63 percent or 796 out of 1,259 TEIs for the secondary” were considered as “Bad Performing” for having performed below their respective national test-taker passing rates of 52 percent and 56 percent, respectively.”

PBEd also released a list of the “Worst Performing Schools” for having “zero passers in the LET since October, 2009 for both first time takers and repeaters.”