Philippine Daily Inquirer


- By Alden M. Monzon @AldenMonzo­nINQ

Industry-led Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is pushing for reforms in the country’s profession­alization process for teachers, eyeing major institutio­nal changes when it comes to profession­al exams and other requiremen­ts for educators.

PBEd executive director Justine Raagas on Monday told reporters that they are advocating for changes on the Philippine Teachers Profession­alization Act of 1994.

“What we’re seeing is that we really need to make sure that the licensure exam questions are released on a regular basis. We need to hold the PRC (Profession­al Regulation Commission) accountabl­e to that,” Raagas said.

“There have been many organizati­ons, PBEd included, that have always called for the release of the licensure exam questions because we need to see it and what they are assessing, and if those are connected to the curriculum that is being taught,” she added.

The PBEd official said they are also pushing for changes in the rules concerning the qualificat­ions for board members sitting in the PRC board for teachers.

“They have a specific mandate that those who can sit in the board should not be affiliated with existing schools and that they should not be actively working in the education sector for the last three years,” Raagas said.

She said that this “outdated” requiremen­t disqualifi­es many expert practition­ers in the education sector, wasting opportunit­ies to install capable people on the board.

The PBED official said that there are ways to prevent conflict of interest in these situations, such as asking individual­s who will take a seat on the board to take a sabbatical leave from their work.

Raagas said they are in constant communicat­ion with Congress, particular­ly Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian who chairs the Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture, to push for these reforms.

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