Lobregat cites need to improve teachers’ quality PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 17:20

Citing the low results of the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) last year, Mayor Celso Lobregat the other day underscored the need to improve the quality of teachers in the region in a bid to also improve quality of education in the region.

“Every time I am invited to events like this where education is the focus of discussion, I always underscore the fact that there really is a need to improve and strengthen the teachers’ education curriculum for those who are enrolled in education courses”, the chief executive told some 500 education students at the opening of the 3rd Regional Pre-Service Teachers’ Summit in Tetuan December 3.

Records show that only 23% of the examinees for the secondary level passed the LET exam last year, meaning, of the 100, only 23 passed. In the elementary level, only 19% of the examinees hurdled the exams.

The mayor lamented: “This is indeed a great cause for worry,” which is why, he said, the city government under his administration has invested and continues to invest in the education sector from building classrooms and other facilities in both public elementary and secondary schools all over the city.

Another education-related program of the city government is the hiring of elementary and high school teachers under the Local School Board and the granting of monthly allowances to the teachers at P700 each a month.

The mayor stressed the grant of allowances is purposely to encourage teachers to do their job well. “So far we are succeeding in this regard and hopefully, the results of this year’s and future Licensure Examinations for Teachers will also be encouraging.”

On the other hand, the chief executive emphasized the role of teachers in educating young Filipinos and grooming them into responsible and productive citizens.
It is very vital, he said that the quality of teachers is strengthened and improved so that the quality of education will also be hastened.

The Lobregat administration has demonstrated its commitment to education in the city, spending more than P700M in education-related infrastructure projects since 2007.

Last November 30, no less than Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro flew to the city to personally witness the inauguration of some P7.7 million worth of education-related projects at the Talisayan Elementary School.

The projects inaugurated included the newly-constructed 2-storey 6 classroom building worth P5.4 million); rehabilitated and improved school fence covering 279 linear meters (P877T); rehabilitated and improved school building (P1.2 million) and rehabilitated and improved school fence  covering 47 linear meters (P122T).

The Regional Pre-Service Teacher’s Summit held at the Summit Center in Tetuan, was organized by the Universidad de Zamboanga, the Teacher Education Council and the Philippine Association for Teacher Education for inviting me to this Regional Pre-Service Teachers’ Summit and was intended to improve the quality of teacher education graduates in the region. — City  Hall PIO