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A recent study shows only 10% to 12% of all teacher education institutions in the country are performing well in the Licensure Examination for Teachers

 

MANILA, Philippines – If you are an incoming college freshman who wants to be a licensed teacher someday, you might want to consider enrolling in these schools. 

According to a recent study, in the last 5 years, private universities and those identified as Centers of Excellence (COE) in Teacher Education dominate the top performing schools in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). But only 10% to 12% of all teacher education institutions (TEIs) in the country produce good LET results.

The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) released on Monday, March 17, the results of a 5-year study that analyzed the LET passing rates of TEIs. 

The Professional Regulation Commission administers the LET twice a year — in the first and third quarters. For the recent study, PBEd looked into 9 instances of licensure exams from 2009 to 2013. 

Based on data provided by PBed, these are the top 10 schools with good LET results for both elementary and secondary education programs. These schools have at least 250 first-time LET takers, with each of them having a minimum 80% passing rate:

OVERALLPASSING RATE (AVERAGE)TAKERS (AVERAGE)PASSERS (AVERAGE)
Philippine Normal University – Manila 93% 4,747 4,409
University of Santo Tomas 93% 1,532 1,421
St. Louis University 86% 1,324 1,136
University of the Philippines – Diliman
97% 969 941
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan  89% 905 807
Bohol Island State University – Tagbilaran
84% 640 538
University of St. La Salle  85% 610 518
University of Southeastern Philippines – Tagum
84% 513 430
De La Salle University – Manila 99% 474 468
Ateneo de Naga University 86% 465 399

Nationwide, the PBEd study identified 1,025 TEIs that offer an elementary education program, and 1,259 TEIs that offer a secondary education program. 

On average, half (50%) of these are private non-sectarian schools, 30% are state universities and colleges, 15% are private sectarian schools, while the remaining 5% are local colleges and universities.

The study showed only 107 and 151 TEIs performed well in LET’s elementary and secondary exams, respectively. These are schools which had at least 75% of their students passing the licensure exam.

6 of the Top 10 schools are private sectarian, while the rest are state universities. Half of these schools have also been identified by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence (COE) in Teacher Education, namely: 

  • Philippine Normal University – Manila
  • University of Santo Tomas
  • St. Louis University
  • De La Salle University – Manila
  • Ateneo de Naga University

Elementary, secondary

With the same criteria for good LET performance, here are performing schools that offer elementary and secondary education programs, based on data from PBEd:

ELEMENTARYPASSING RATETAKERSPASSERS
University of the Philippines – Diliman

99.28%

 279

277

University of Santo Tomas

97.79%

497

486

Philippine Normal University – Manila

93.75%

1040

975

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

90.34%

507

458

Talisay City College 

88.19%

271

239

West Visayas State University – La Paz 

87.68%

1,120

982

Cebu Technological University – Argao

86.00%

250

215

St. Louis University

84.64%

358

303

University of Southeastern Philippines – Tagum 

84.44%

360

304

Mariano Marcos State University – Laoag – College of Education 

82.23%

709

583

 

SECONDARYPASSING RATETAKERSPASSERS
De La Salle University – Manila

99.20%

 250

248

University of the Philippines – Los Baños

99.08%

325

322

University of the Philippines – Diliman

96.23%

690

664

Philippine Normal University – Manila

92.64%

3,707

3,434

University of Santo Tomas

90.34%

1,035

935

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

87.69%

398

349

Philippine Normal University – Agusan

87.67%

722

633

University of San Carlos

86.41%

537

464

St. Louis University 

86.23%

966

833

Ateneo de Naga University

85.35%

355

303

Majority or 8 of the 15 schools listed above are state universities, followed by 5 private sectarian schools, one private non-sectarian school, and one local college. 

Most of the schools have also been identified as COE and Centers of Development (COD) in Teacher Education.

PBEd, a non-governmental organization that advocates for reforms in education, said that to encourage good LET performance, more weight must be given to measurable performance indicators such as the financing criteria of government schools, and the accreditation of private ones. – Rappler.com

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