Aspiring teachers should be given quality education
Senator Win Gatchalian said that aspiring teachers should start receiving quality education and training from teacher education institutions (TEIs) even if there is in-service training that can help the teachers with their professional development
Reformation of teacher education system was one of the proposals by Gatchalian as it recognizes the crisis in the education sector as early as 2020.
Gatchalian also pointed out that most of the graduates of TEIs in the country have been performing poorly in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
Readiness to teach the K to 12 curriculum is another challenge, Gatchalian said.
To improve the quality of teacher education and training in the country, Senate Bill No. 2152 or the Teacher Education Excellence Act, which Gatchalian sponsored, seeks to empower the Teacher Education Council (TEC) and make it a responsive coordinating body among the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
“Sa pagreporma natin sa sistema ng edukasyon, hindi na tayo pwedeng bumalik sa nakasanayan na nating gawin, at isa sa mga dapat nating tutukan ay ang pag-angat ng kalidad ng edukasyon ng ating mga guro. Kung magagawa natin ito, mapapaigting natin ang kanilang kakayahan at kahandaang maghatid ng dekalidad na edukasyon sa ating mga mag-aaral,” Gatchalian said.