Most schools for teachers perform badly in licensure exams

Seventeen institutions with teacher education programs have not had LET passers for the past 5 years

BELOW AVERAGE. Most schools for teachers in the country have not reached the national test-taker passing rates of the licensure exam for the past 5 years. File photo by AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Teacher education is one of the most popular courses in the country, and yet most schools in the Philippines that offer the program are not performing well in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

A recent study by non-governmental organization Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) revealed that, for the last 5 years, most teacher education institutions (TEIs) have not reached the national test-taker passing rates.

PBEd said the national passing rate of TEIs for the elementary and secondary exams are 52% and 56%, respectively. These numbers reflect LET takers who passed the exam on their first try. (READ: Know the best schools for teachers in PH)

However, out of 1,025 TEIs for elementary, 601 or 59% did not reach the national passing rate. The same is true for 63% (795 out of 1,259) of TEIs for secondary. Most (68%) of these are private schools. 

What’s worse is that 17 of these schools had no LET passers for both exams from 2009-2013:

  • Universidad de Zamboanga (Ipil)
  • Unda Memorial National Agricultural School
  • Southern Capital College
  • Dr. P. Ocampo Colleges
  • Asian College of Science and Technology-Dumaguete
  • La Consolacion College (Biñan)
  • St. Joseph College Inc. (Amaya)
  • South Upi College
  • Sultan Kudarat Educational Institution
  • Camarines Norte State College (Labo)
  • Camarines Sur Community College
  • Datu Mala Muslim Mindanao Islamic College Foundation Incorporated
  • Southwestern Mindanao Islamic Institute
  • Southern Bukidnon Foundation Academy
  • Wesleyan College of Manila
  • Dansalan Polytechnic College
  • Southway College of Technology

Of these 17 institutions, only the Asian College of Science and Technology-Dumaguete and La Consolacion College-Biñan have had their education programs closed, while most of the schools could not be reached by PBEd. 

The first 4 schools continue to offer their teacher education programs despite their dismal LET results. 

Worse and worst performing schools

These 17 schools are included in what PBEd identified as the worse and worst performing schools in the country. These are TEIs which had less than 20% of their students pass the LET.

The study identified 129 worse and worst performing TEIs in elementary. Schools with zero takers had no first-time LET takers for the duration of the study.

ELEMENTARY
COLEGIO DE STA. CATALINA DE ALEJANDRIA 20.00%
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA 20.00%
NORTHERN CAGAYAN COLLEGES 20.00%
OUR LADY OF MERCY COLLEGE-BORONGAN 20.00%
REGIONAL MADRASAH GRADUATE ACADEMY 20.00%
SOUTHERN BICOL COLLEGES 20.00%
QUEZON COLLEGES OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES 19.80%
HOLY CHILD COLLEGE OF BUTUAN 19.51%
AGRO-INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION COLLEGES OF THE PHILIPPINES 19.23%
REGIS MARIE COLLEGE 19.23%
VALENCIA COLLEGES 19.23%
SAINT COLUMBAN’S COLLEGE-LINGAYEN 18.99%
COTABATO CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE 18.75%
EDNOR COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY 18.75%
MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-TAWI-TAWI 18.29%
CALI PARAMEDICAL COLLEGE FOUNDATION 18.18%
EASTERN LAGUNA COLLEGES 18.18%
NORTH DAVAO COLLEGE-TAGUM FOUNDATION 18.18%
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY – OLUTANGA, ZAMBOANGA CITY 18.09%
CALAUAG CENTRAL COLLEGE 18.00%
APAYAO STATE COLLEGE-CONNER 17.78%
SOUTHERN MINDANAO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 17.78%
CAMILING COLLEGES 17.59%
DIPOLOG CITY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 17.39%
EASTERN VISAYAS CENTRAL COLLEGE 16.67%
ROMBLON STATE COLLEGE-STA. FE 16.67%
ST. JUDE COLLEGE-DASMARIÑAS, CAVITE, INC 16.67%
PAMPANGA COLLEGES 16.43%
SULTAN KUDARAT ISLAMIC ACADEMY 16.22%
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY – MABUHAY 16.22%
SOUTHERN MASBATE ROOSEVELT INSTITUTE 16.18%
SOUTHERN LUZON INSTITUTE 16.00%
SAN ILDEFONSO COLLEGE 15.00%
ANTONIO R. PACHECO COLLEGE, INC 14.97%
JOSEFINA H. CERILLES STATE COLLEGE-JOSEFINA 14.29%
KUTAWATO DARUSSALAM COLLEGE 14.29%
LEMERY COLLEGES 14.29%
MANTO MEMORIAL FOUNDATION COLLEGE 14.29%
MEDINA COLLEGE – IPIL 14.29%
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 14.29%
SAINT LOUIS ANNE COLLEGES OF SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA, INC 14.29%
PARTIDO COLLEGE 14.00%
WESTERN MINDANAO COOPERATIVE COLLEGE – ZAMBOANGA CITY 14.00%
EULOGIO R. DIZON COLLEGE OF NUEVA ECIJA (CORREGIDOR COLL) 13.64%
ST. CLAIRE COLLEGE 13.56%
ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY-PALANAN 13.33%
ROMBLON STATE COLLEGE-CALATRAVA 13.04%
SAN JOSE CHRISTIAN COLLEGES 12.90%
BUTUAN CITY COLLEGES 12.50%
CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY-MALOLOS 12.50%
ROMBLON STATE COLLEGE-SAN AGUSTIN 12.50%
MINDANAO CAPITOL COLLEGE 11.88%
PAGADIAN CAPITOL COLLEGE 11.83%
DANSALAN POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE 11.11%
DOÑA JACINTA L. ESTEVES MEMORIAL COLLEGE-BAGANGA, DAVAO OR. 11.11%
JOSEFINA H. CERILLEÑS STATE COLLEGE-R. MAGSAYSAY 11.11%
ROMBLON STATE COLLEGE-STA. MARIA 11.11%
SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE 11.11%
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – VISAYAS – CEBU CITY (offers Masters in Education) 11.11%
SULU STATE COLLEGE 10.56%
JOSEFINA H. CERILLES STATE COLLEGE-KUMALARANG 10.53%
MAHARDIKA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 10.53%
POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE OF LA UNION 10.53%
MOUNT MORIAH COLLEGE-CAMOTES 10.00%
JAMIATU MARAWI AL-ISLAMIA FOUNDATION 9.28%
DE LA VIDA COLLEGE 9.09%
ROMBLON COLLEGE OF FISHERIES AND FORESTRY- SAN ANDRES 9.09%
SULTAN KUDARAT STATE UNIVERSITY-KALAMANSIG 9.09%
HARVARDIAN COLLEGE-PAMPANGA 8.57%
LANAO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE 8.33%
LICEO DE DAVAO 8.33%
SENATOR NINOY AQUINO COLLEGE FOUNDATION 8.14%
JAMIATUL PHILIPPINE AL-ISLAMIC 8.05%
CAVITE WEST POINT COLLEGE 8.00%
MARAWI ISLAMIC COLLEGE 7.91%
LAKE LANAO COLLEGE, INC 7.85%
EAST COAST COLLEGE, INC 7.69%
LANAO NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TRADES 7.41%
PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY-ARACELI 7.14%
PARANG FOUNDATION COLLEGE 6.76%
GANI L. ABPI COLLEGES, INC. 6.67%
LUNA COLLEGES 6.59%
PACASUM COLLEGE 6.18%
MINDANAO ISLAMIC COMPUTER COLLEGE 5.39%
JAMIATU MUSLIM MINDANAO 5.26%
DATU IBRAHIM PAGLAS MEMORIAL COLLEGE 4.76%
SOUTHERN CAPITAL COLLEGE 4.76%
MAPANDI MEMORIAL COLLEGE 4.62%
TAWI-TAWI REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 4.62%
MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-SDTC-JOLO 4.38%
ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY-ANGADANAN 4.00%
MARAWI CAPITOL FOUNDATION COLLEGE 2.69%
LAPAK AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE-SIASI 2.06%
CENTRAL SULU COLLEGE 2.05%
JOSEFINA H. CERILLES STATE COLLEGE-TABINA 0%
OVILLA TECHNICAL COLLEGE 0%
MEDINA COLLEGE-OZAMIS CITY 0%
SOUTH UPI COLLEGE 0%
DAGUPAN COLLEGES FOUNDATION 0%
DR. GLORIA D. LACSON COLLEGES 0%
LANAO ISLAMIC PARAMEDICAL COLLEGE-MARAWI CITY 0%
SOUTHERN NEGROS COLLEGE 0%
ALEJANDRO COLLEGE 0%
CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE-LABO 0%
GREENVILLE COLLEGE 0%
LA CONSOLACION COLLEGE-DAET 0%
BICOL UNIVERSITY-TABACO 0%
CAMARINES SUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE 0%
PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY-BINMALEY 0%
PILI CAPITAL COLLEGE 0%
SULTAN KUDARAT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION 0%
WEST MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MOLAVE, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR 0%
ASIAN COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-DUMAGUETE 0%
LYCEUM OF ILIGAN FOUNDATION 0%
NORTHERN LEYTE COLLEGE 0%
ROOSEVELT COLLEGE-MARIKINA 0%
TANGUB AGRO-INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL 0%
ZERO TAKERS
BALANGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSOTY-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE
DMMA COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINE
ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARIANO
LA CONSOLACION COLLEGE-BIÑAN
LUZON NAZARENE BIBLE COLLEGE
NORTHERN COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC-DAGUPAN CITY
PEDRO REBADILLA MEMORIAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
SORSOGON STATE COLLEGE-MAGALLANES
ST. JOSEPH COLLEGE-AMAYA, INC
UNDA MEMORIAL NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZAMBOANGA-IPIL


Meanwhile, there are 146 worse and worst performing schools in secondary:

SECONDARY
BATAAN POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE-ORANI 20.00%
HARVARDIAN COLLEGE-PAMPANGA 20.00%
NEGROS COLLEGE 20.00%
OSIAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION 20.00%
PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY-NARRA 20.00%
REGIONAL MADRASAH GRADUATE ACADEMY 20.00%
RIZAL COLLEGE OF LAGUNA 20.00%
ROMBLON STATE COLLEGE-STA. FE 20.00%
SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA INSTITUTE 20.00%
STI COLLEGE- BACOLOD CITY 20.00%
STI e-COLLEGE SOUTHWOODS-CARMONA 20.00%
SULTAN KUDARAT STATE UNIVERSITY – PALIMBANG 20.00%
ILIGAN CAPITOL COLLEGE 19.70%
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-UNISAN 19.64%
QUEZON COLLEGES OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES 19.44%
CLARET COLLEGE OF ISABELA 19.15%
ZAMBOANGA CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE 19.12%
COLLEGE OF SAINT LAWRENCE 18.75%
PARTIDO COLLEGE 18.64%
MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY – TAWI-TAWI 18.31%
CALAUAG CENTRAL COLLEGE 18.18%
VIRGEN DELOS REMEDIOS COLLEGE – OLONGAPO CITY 18.18%
MINDANAO AUTONOMOUS COLLEGE, FOUNDATION 17.95%
BERNARDO COLLEGE 17.65%
NORTHEASTERN MINDANAO COLLEGE 17.24%
ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY-ANGADANAN 17.81%
AMA COMPUTER COLLEGE-LEGAZPI CAMPUS 16.67%
ASIA CAREER COLLEGE FOUNDATION 16.67%
H.G. BAQUIRAN COLLEGE 16.67%
HOLY INFANT JESUS COLLEGE 16.67%
LYCEUM NORTHWESTERN-F.T. DUQUE COLLEGE-URDANETA 16.67%
SAINT PATRICK COLLEGE 16.67%
SEA AND SKY COLLEGE 16.67%
SULTAN KUDARAT ISLAMIC ACADEMY 16.67%
ILOCOS SUR POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE-NARVACAN 15.79%
ROXAS COLLEGE-ROXAS 15.79%
COTABATO CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE 15.45%
NORTHERN ILOILO POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE-SARA 15.38%
SOUTHERN MASBATE ROOSEVELT INSTITUTE 14.81%
UNITED SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 14.71%
MARAWI ISLAMIC COLLEGE 14.58%
CAGAYAN VALLEY COLLEGES OF TUGUEGARAO 14.29%
CENTRAL NEGROS COLLEGE 14.29%
COLEGIO DE SAN SABASTIAN-MINDORO 14.29%
GREENVILLE COLLEGE 14.29%
ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY-PALANAN 14.29%
SANTA CRUZ INSTITUTE 14.29%
SANTA MONICA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 14.29%
SOUTH ILOCANDIA COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY 14.29%
SOUTHERN DE ORO PHILIPPINE COLLEGE 14.29%
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF MEDICINE 14.29%
SURIGAO DEL SUR POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE-SAN MIGUEL 13.89%
SAMAR REGIONAL SCHOOL OF FISHERIES 13.64%
CAPALONGA COLLEGE 13.33%
JOSE RIZAL MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE-SIOCON 12.50%
LA FORTUNA COLLEGE 12.50%
SOUTHERN NEGROS COLLEGE 12.50%
UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO-BANSALAN 12.50%
MINDANAO ISLAMIC COMPUTER COLLEGE 11.54%
SERAPION C. BASALO MEMORIAL FOUNDATION COLLEGE 11.54%
GUZMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 11.11%
RAMON MAGSAYSAY TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY-BOTOLAN CAMPUS 11.11%
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 11.11%
ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR MARITIME INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 11.11%
MAPANDI MEMORIAL COLLEGE 10.71%
LICEO DE DAVAO 10.00%
NOTRE DAME OF JOLO COLLEGE 10.00%
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-TAMPILISAN 10.00%
MINDANAO CAPITOL COLLEGE 9.76%
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINE ACADEMY COLLEGE, INC. 9.52%
JAMIATU MAAWI AL-ISLAMIA FOUNDATION 9.38%
AGRO-INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION COLLEGES OF THE PHILIPPINES 9.09%
LUNA COLLEGES 8.89%
FERNANDEZ COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY 8.33%
SENATOR NINOY AQUINO COLLEGE FOUNDATION 8.16%
MARAWI CAPITOL FOUNDATION COLLEGE 7.50%
SULU STATE COLLEGE 7.50%
COLLEGE OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY 7.14%
NORTHERN ILOILO POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE-LEMERY 6.67%
REPUBLICAN COLLEGE 6.67%
UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO-COTABATO COLLEGE 6.67%
DE LA VIDA COLLEGE 6.45%
SANTA CRUZ MISSION SCHOOL INC. LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO 6.06%
MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-SDTC-JOLO 5.65%
LAKE LANAO COLLEGE, INC. 5.56%
SOUTH UPI COLLEGE 5.26%
JAMIATU MUSLIM MINDANAO 5.13%
ADIONG MEMORIAL POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE 4.44%
LANAO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE 4.17%
LIBACAO COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 4.00%
GANI L. ABPI COLLEGES, INC. 3.70%
PACASUM COLLEGE 3.52%
JAMIATUL PHILIPPINE AL-ISLAMIC 3.08%
TAWI-TAWI REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 2.94%
SOUTHERN CITY COLLEGES 2.56%
AMA COMPUTER COLLEGE CABANATUAN CITY 0%
AMA COMPUTER COLLEGE-NAGA CITY 0%
AMA COMPUTER COLLEGE SANTIAGO CITY 0%
BANTAYAN SOUTHERN INSTITUTE 0%
BALABAGAN TRADE SCHOOL 0%
BOHOL NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE 0%
CAPIZ STATE UNIVERSITY-SAPI-AN 0%
CALI PARAMEDICAL COLLEGE FOUNDATION 0%
COLEGIO DE STA. CATALINA DE ALEJANDRIA 0%
DANSALAN POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE 0%
DATU MALA MUSLIM MINDANAO ISLAMIC COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC. 0%
DAVAO BIBLE SEMINARY 0%
DR. P. OCAMPO COLLEGES 0%
EAST PACIFIC COMPUTER COLLEGE 0%
FATIMA COLLEGE OF CAMIGUIN 0%
GRACE MISSION COLLEGE-SCHOOL OF MIDWIFERY 0%
HADJI BUTU SCHOOL OF ARTS AND TRADES 0%
HMIJ-FOUNDATION PHILIPPINES ISLAMIC COLLEGE 0%
ILOCOS SUR POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE-CERVANTES 0%
INFANT JESUS MONTESSORI SCHOOL 0%
INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST COLLEGE 0%
KING’S COLLEGE OF ISULAN INC. 0%
LA CONSOLACION COLLEGE-BIÑAN 0%
LANAO NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TRADES 0%
LAPAK AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE-SIASI 0%
LOURDES COLLEGE OF BULACAN 0%
MINDANAO REGIONAL SCHOOL OF FISHERIES 0%
POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE OF TABACO 0%
ROMBLON STATE COLLEGE-STA. MARIA 0%
SAINT FRANCIS COLLEGE-GUIHULINGAN 0%
SAL FOUNDATION COLLEGE 0%
SHARIFF KABUNSUAN COLLEGE 0%
SHEPHERD’S COLLEGE 0%
SOLIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 0%
SOUTHERN BUKIDNON FOUNDATION ACADEMY 0%
SOUTHERN CAPITAL COLLEGE 0%
SOUTHWAY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY 0%
SOUTHWESTERN MINDANAO ISLAMIC INSTITUTE 0%
STI COLLEGE-ILOILO 0%
STI COLLEGE-MAKATI CITY 0%
UNDA MEMORIAL NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL 0%
WESLEYAN COLLEGE OF MANILA 0%
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-IMELDA 0%
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERISTY-OLUTANGA 0%
ZERO TAKERS
ADIONG MEMORIAL COLLEGE FOUNDATION
JOSEFINA H. CERILLES STATE COLLEGE-MIDSALIP
JOSEFINA H. CERILLES STATE COLLEGE-PAGADIAN
MANILA ADVENTIST CENTER AND SCH. OF MEDICAL ARTS, INC
POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE OF ANTIQUE-HAMTIC, ANTIQUE
SAN FRANCISCO COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN PANGASINAN-BINALONAN

On Monday, March 17, PBEd director for research Miguel Borromeo said only 16% of LET retakers – those who did not pass the exam the first time – passed both the elementary and secondary exams. He called this the failure trap.

“Odds are, if you failed the LET, when you take it again, you’ll fail it again,” he added. 

PBEd president Chito Salazar said unlike the bar exam and the nursing licensure exam, there’s no limit to the number of times a LET test-taker can fail.

“On one hand, it is true, when you look at this data, it is partly due to the low quality coming out of our basic education. But on the other hand, there is some accountability of the schools to provide better education,” Salazar said. 

The data for the study came from the Professional Regulation Commission. Overall, PBEd analyzed 9 instances of LET results from 2009 to 2013.

The number of TEIs covered by the study varies from the number of existing TEIs, PBEd said, because:

  • LET examinees used different names/codes of schools
  • The information is based on the undergraduate degree of applicants rather than the Certificate in Teaching Program
  • Some TEIs were recently closed down by the Commission on Higher Education. 

Based on the results of the study, PBEd made the following recommendations:

  • closure of programs that have consistently performed poorly for 5 years
  • a review of LET questions and the teacher education curriculum of TEIs
  • possible pre-college screening instruments or standards, such as a national entrace exam for teachers
  • availability of each TEI’s LET results to parents and prospective students 
  • information on LET application forms should differentiate undergraduate degrees from the Certificate in Teaching Program for better performance monitoring
  • information from the Department of Education and private school associations on needed majors or specializations of teachers to better balance supply and demand

“The teachers are really the single most important profession for the development of the future because of all the youth they will mold in their hands, and therefore there is an even greater responsibility on us to make sure that the institutions that produce them are the best of the best,” Salazar said. – Rappler.com

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