MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) released on Monday, February 9, a list of the top and worst performing teacher education institutions (TEIs) in the 2014 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) administers the LET twice a year – in the first and third quarters.
In a new study by PBEd, 12 schools bested hundreds of others with test-taker passing rates of at least 80% for both elementary and secondary LET exams.
These are the top performing schools with at least 250 first-time LET takers:
Silliman University and Saint Bridget’s College join last year’s top 10 schools.
Meanwhile, 22 schools made it to the list of the worst performers in the 2014 LET. These schools have less than 20% of their students passing the exam:
Two schools were in last year’s list of schools that had no LET passers from 2009 to 2013: South Upi College and Southern Capital College. (READ: Most schools for teachers perform badly in licensure exams)
Nationwide, PBEd identified 1,025 TEIs that offer an elementary education program, and 1,259 TEIs that offer a secondary education program.
The study released Monday jumps off from a 5-year study released in 2014 which analyzed the LET passing rates of the TEIs from 2009 to 2013. (READ: Know the best schools for teachers in PH)
Although the 2014 LET performance of TEIs "generally improved," PBEd said most schools in the Philippines that offer the education program are still performing poorly.
Poor performers (below the average national test-taker passing rate):
Worse performers (with only 20% passing rate):
On the improvement of performance, PBEd said "only those in the borderlines between poor, average, and good performers increased their performance."
"The worse performers, especially in the secondary LET, continue to decrease every year," PBEd noted.
Although the organization already presented the 2014 study to the PRC and the Commission on Higher Education, PBEd President Chito Salazar lamented that no action has been done since then.
"Ang plano namin, i-elevate na 'to sa Office of the President... We we want to pressure him [na] sabihin sa PRC na 'Ano ba? Madali lang 'to. It's not controversial, it's not political, it's not anything," he explained.
(Our plan is to elevate this to the Office of the President... We want to pressure him to tell PRC: 'This is easy. It's not controversial, it's not political, it's not anything.')
They recommended the following in 2014:
Salazar said they are already talking to DepEd to "potentially [create] hiring rules" so that public schools get the best teachers in the country.
Like last year’s study, the number of TEIs covered in the recent analysis varies from the number of existing TEIs, because:
To see how your school performed in the 2014 LET, you can download the complete performance table from this page. – Rappler.com
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