Marcos proposes mandatory continuing education for all teachers

11 March 2013

As part of his effort to help raise the quality of education in our country, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. is proposing a program of continuing education for teachers.

He noted that despite the top budgetary priority given to the Department of Education, studies reveal that the quality of education in our country continues to decline.

“It is a universally accepted principle that ‘the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers’ and ‘the only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction’,” Marcos stressed.

For this purpose, Marcos has crafted a bill to be filed in the coming 16th Congress for a mandatory continuing education for teachers in all levels in all public and private schools in the country.

Marcos’ proposal seeks to institutionalize a system where teachers would be required to complete every three years at least 36 hour of mandatory continuing education activities.

The bill mandates that the program should be provided to the teachers at no cost to them and in venues that are accessible and not burdensome to the mentors.

Under the measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) is designated as the continuing education program’s implementing agency for teachers in primary, elementary and secondary education and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for teachers in tertiary education.

To gauge the effectiveness of the program activities, the bill mandates the implementing agencies to devise an aptitude test that teachers are required to take at the end of activities in every compliance period.

“The establishment of a mandatory continuing education for teachers will greatly enhance their effectiveness in delivering education that we have envisioned to our children,” Marcos said.