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DESCRIBED as low, the passing rates in the government-administered licensure examinations for elementary and high school teachers “startle” the mind and “worry” even a member of Congress.

Without doubt, the country and the people really need quality teacher education to help prepare the younger generation of Filipinos in the highly-competitive world of business and other fields.

Senator Win Gatchalian, chair of the Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture, even sounded the alarm on the low passing rates in the Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET).

In 2019, the passing rates, like in previous years, were “dismal.” For elementary, the passing rates for those who took the LET in March and September were 27.29% and 31.34%, respectively.

For the secondary level, the passing rate for LET takers in March 2019 was 25.95 percent and 39.69 percent for those who took the licensure examinations in September 2019.

He said the results of the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment revealed that among 79 nations, the Philippines ranked lowest in reading comprehension and second lowest in Science and Mathematics.

During a Senate hearing, Dr. Rosita Navarro, chair of the PRC Board of Professional Teachers, said that from 2014 to 2017, the passing rate was 48.86 percent for first-time LET takers for the secondary level.

For the elementary level, the passing rate among first-time LET takers for the same period was 30.65 percent.

We share the view of Gatchalian that the key to addressing the problems of teacher education is aligning teachers’ pre-service education with the needs of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Pre-service education refers to teachers’ training before they become classroom teachers. The biggest end-user of graduates of teacher education institutions (TEIs) is DepED.

For the sake of our youngsters, let’s begin an honest look at quality teacher education in the country, where many jobless mentors are forced to work abroad as domestic helpers.

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