Mindanao schools fare poorly in LET – PBEd
by Neil A. Alcober
THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) has disclosed the list of teacher education institutes (TEIs) that have consistently performed poorly or schools with test-taker passing rates of less than 10 percent in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) for the past five years.
A PBEd study, which covers nine instances of the LET from October 2009 to September 2013, showed that there are 128 (out of approximately 1,100) teacher schools for both elementary and secondary licensure exams for which less than 10 percent of their students passed the LET. Most of these are private schools and are mostly found in Mindanao.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, one of the most impoverished regions in the country, has the most number of schools on this list.
There are 54 schools on the list that are offering Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE) for which less than 10 percent of their students passed the LET on their first try. Of these schools, 18 are in Luzon, four are in the Visayas, and 32 are in Mindanao. The study found that 39 of these schools are private schools while 15 are government schools.
On the other hand, there are 74 schools offering BS in Secondary Education (BSSE) whose LET passing rates for first-time takers are below 10 percent. Of these schools, 19 are found in Luzon, nine are found in the Visayas, and 46 are found in Mindanao. In terms of ownership, 56 of these schools are private schools while 18 are sustained by people’s taxes.
The PBEd said 18 schools offering both BSEE and BSSE showed less than 10 percent LET passing rate on their first take. Of these schools, one is found in Luzon, none in the Visayas, and 17 in Mindanao, 12 of which are in Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao. Fourteen out of the 18 schools are private while four are government-owned.
The list was based on an analysis publicly presented by the PBEd on March 17. The study aimed to provide detailed information to parents and prospective Teacher Education students regarding the quality of education being offered by TEIs in the country.
It also aims to provide sound and grounded research to help policymakers in their reform efforts that include closing down programs of TEIs that have consistently performed poorly for five years; requiring teacher schools (especially state universities and colleges and local colleges and universities) to make LET results readily available to parents and prospective students; exploring other pre-college screening instruments or standards such as a national entrance exam for teachers; and conducting a parallel review of LET questions and the teacher education curriculum of teacher schools for improved alignment to the new Kindergarten to Grade 12 system.