Gatchalian: ‘Teacher Education Excellence’ bill approval a major stepout of education crisis

Gatchalian: ‘Teacher Education Excellence’ bill approval a major step
out of education crisis

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill
that aims to improve the quality of teacher education and training in
the country.

For Senator Win Gatchalian, principal author and sponsor
of the measure, this is a big step forward in addressing the country’s
education crisis.

Senate Bill No. 2152 or the Teacher Education Excellence Act amends
Republic Act No. 7784 to strengthen the Teacher Education Council
(TEC) created in 1993.

The proposed measure seeks to make the TEC a responsive coordinating
body for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Professional
Regulation Commission (PRC), and the Department of Education (DepEd),
the main government entities involved in teacher education.

This will realign pre-service and in-service education to improve the quality of
teachers, and in turn improve the quality of education provided in
elementary and secondary classrooms.

Gatchalian flagged that graduates in Teacher Education Institutions
(TEIs) have been performing poorly in the Licensure Examination for
Teachers (LET). From 2010 to 2019, only 35% of secondary education LET
takers passed, while only 28% of takers at the elementary level
passed.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and
Culture added that in 2019, only 46 TEIs are in the Better Performing
and Top Performing Categories on the Elementary LET. At least 75% of
those who graduated from these TEIs passed the exam. On the other
hand, there are 815 schools in the Worse or Poor Performing
Categories, those with passing rates of at least 50%. At the Secondary
Level, there were only 27 Better or Top Performing TEIs and almost
1,000 Worse or Poor Performing schools.

“Hindi natin maiaangat ang kalidad ng edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan
kung wala ring dekalidad na pagsasanay at edukasyon ang ating mga
guro. Ang mga guro ay ang mga frontliners natin sa pagsugpo sa krisis
ng edukasyon kaya dapat tiyakin na mula sa kolehiyo hanggang sa
pagtuturo, sila ay handa at may sapat na kakayahan,” said Gatchalian.

The revamped TEC will establish a roadmap for teacher education. It
will also mandate, monitor, and quality assurance compliance with minimum
requirements for teacher education programs. This is to ensure a
the strong and transparent link between the outcomes of teacher programs,
the professional standards for teachers, research, and international
best practice. (ai/mtvn)

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