ARMM hires over 1,000 teachers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 May 2014 11:15

Over a thousand new teachers have been hired by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) this month to address teaching gaps in the region.

Nine hundred three teachers took oath en masse Friday and will be assigned to permanent teaching slots in at least 1,364 different schools in ARMM’s mainland provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur and city of Marawi.

Of the 903 new appointments, 505 will be deployed in Maguindanao, 325 in Lanao del Sur and 78 in Marawi City.

Eighty nine percent or 797 of the sworn-in teachers are women.

ARMM Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan said 450 others will take oath on May 30 in Zamboanga City and will be assigned to schools in the island provinces of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi.

All 1,353 newly-hired teachers have passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and underwent screening process used by ARMM’s Department of Education (DepEd) in considering applicants for teaching post.

Kulayan said they opted to hold a mass oath taking ceremony to boost the morale of the teachers and solemnize their commitment to the profession.

The newly-hired teachers will join the 23,000 educators in ARMM.

Meanwhile, Mubarak Pandi, DepEd regional information officer, said there are still around 2,645 teaching posts for the region to be filled this 2014.

“We are optimistic these vacancies will soon be filled before the year ends, with the massive turn-out of new teaching aspirants undergoing Teachers Assessment and Competency Exam (TACE),” Pandi said.

TACE, an innovation on screening process ensures competency and aptitude of new recruits. It involves set of paper examination, panel interview and teaching demo to rank qualified applicants as to hiring priorities.

The present ARMM leadership puts premium on improving the quality of education in the region starting with the hiring of qualified and competent educators. — ARMM BPI