Pandemic concerns call for more new teachers, says Imee

Pandemic concerns call for more new teachers, says Imee

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Imee Marcos said more than a year of joblessness
awaits this year’s education graduates who cannot take the licensure
examinations for professional teachers (LEPT) until 2023 due to
pandemic restrictions.

Speaking out on World Teachers’ Day, Marcos called it “utterly
inexcusable” that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has not yet
shifted from an in-person to an online mode of conducting the LEPT
after a year and a half into the pandemic.

Marcos, who will defend the CSC’s 2022 budget before the Senate, cited
that some 200,000 government posts including those for public school
teachers remain unfilled, adding that an online LEPT would make more
applicants eligible for jobs in government-run educational

“We are delaying job creation and may even be causing a shortage of
teachers. The solution is to fully digitize the LEPT to make it
pandemic-proof now and in the future,” Marcos said.

“The Career Executive Service Board (CESB) and other professional
regulatory boards have succeeded in conducting online exams. Surely,
the CSC can modify those templates for the LEPT,” Marcos asserted.

“Let’s not impair our capacity to provide crucial government services,
specially in education and public health, during this ongoing crisis,”
Marcos added.

Education graduates last year make up most of the 170,000 registered
examinees that have been grouped in four smaller batches to observe
physical distancing while taking the LEPT.

Last September’s exam was the only one scheduled for this year but
will be followed thereafter by exams in January, March, and June of

However, the registration deadline is over for the exams scheduled
next year, so 2021 education graduates as well as previous degree
holders who did not sign up will have to wait for their turn in 2023,
unless an online LEPT is put in place sooner. (AI/MTVN)

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