THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recently released the results of September 2018 Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET) given in twenty eight (28) testing centers all over the Philippines, Hongkong, and Thailand. Eighteen thousand four hundred nine (18,409) out of 90,750 or 20.29% passed in the LET – Elementary. Seventeen thousand two hundred (17,200) of these are first takers, while 1,209 are repeaters. Sixty thousand eight hundred three (60,803) out of 126,582 or 48.03% passed in the LET-Secondary. Fifty two thousand four hundred fifty three (52,453) of these are first takers, while 8,350 are repeaters. The Western Visayas Region performed high in both licensure examinations, or with passing percentage higher than that of the national average. Furthermore, citing from the said PRC results, the West Visayas State University (WVSU) in La Paz, Iloilo City (Rank #2), is included in the top performing schools in the national level, in the LET – Elementary, with 50 or more examinees and at least 80% passing percentage. Allen Jake Sajot Talimodao of University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R) in Bacolod City ranked number 9 among the successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places in the LET-Elementary in the national level. Liezel Anne Cordero of West Visayas State University in La Paz, Iloilo City(rank #8), Claire Clamor Magbanua of University of Negros Occidental –Recoletos (rank #9) and Eliza Nazareno Reyes of Philippine Normal University –Visayas in Cadiz City (rank #9) are included among the successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places in the LET-Secondary in the national level.
In the LET – Elementary, 47 out of 80 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Region or 58.75% are high performing or with passing average higher than that in the national level. Thirty eight percent (38%) of the high performing HEIs are public schools. The top three high performing HEIs in the Region, with 50 and above examinees, in order, are West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Bacolod City College in Bacolod City, and University of Iloilo in Iloilo City. One thousand seven hundred two (1,702) out of 5,682 examinees in the Region, or 29.95%, passed in the said examination. Forty one percent (41%) of the first takers passed while 3% of the repeaters passed. Around 3 out of 10 examinees were repeaters.
On the other hand 5,042 out of 8,633 or 58.4% of the examinees from public and private HEIs in the Region passed in the LET – Secondary. Seventy (70) out of 105 HEIs in the Region or 66.7% are high performing. Twenty seven (27) out of 70 or 38.6% of these high performing HEIs are public schools. The top three high performing HEIs in the Region, with 50 and above examinees, in order, are Philippine Normal University – Visayas in Cadiz City, West Visayas State University in La Paz, Iloilo City and University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City. Seven (7) out of 10 first takers passed while 2 out of 10 repeaters passed. Three (3) out of 10 examinees were repeaters. The West Visayas State University in La Paz, Iloilo City is CHED designated Center of Excellence (COE) in Teacher Education in Western Visayas. The University of Saint La Salle is CHED designated Center of Development (COD) in Teacher Education in Western Visayas.
In the past 4 years, the continuing increase in salary of public school teachers attracts the best and the brightest students from top colleges and universities to take teacher education programs. And many private school teachers transferred to public schools or sought employment abroad for greener pasture. Teachers in demand abroad are English teachers, private licensed teacher, pre-school teacher, primary school teacher, SPED teacher, Kindergarten teacher, among others. The highest paying jobs for teachers in Korea, China, Kazakstan, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates vary from US$2,000 monthly to as high as US$4,100 per month.