A forum on the RCTQ-supported Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) as a benchmark for teacher quality was one of the highlights of the Philippine Normal University Teacher Quality and Quality Assurance Summit on 27-30 January 2020 in Baguio City.

RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong presented the PPST on January 28 under Plenary 2 of the Summit, which gathered university and campus officials, faculty members, administrative staff, and selected student leaders from five PNU campuses.

Bannering the theme “PNU as NCTE: Leading the Way to Teacher Quality”, the Summit aimed to situate the university vis-a-vis the expectations of the PPST and other international teacher quality standards in terms of curriculum, teacher training, and practices. It also sought to develop a roadmap toward quality specific to developing a PNU Internal Quality Assurance System as a response to the quality assurance standards such as the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) and the ASEAN-QA in Teacher Education.

Dr. Gonong stressed how the PPST captured teacher quality requirements in the K to 12 curriculum and how it is now being embedded in DepEd’s systems. She also discussed how the implementation of the standards addressed the findings of the Teacher Development Needs Study and the Pre-Service Teacher Development Needs Study (PTDNS) which RCTQ conducted in 2014. The findings of the PTDNS, which included the PNU as a respondent, were also tackled.

“The PPST Career Stage 1 sets the minimum expectations for pre-service teachers. With this in place, a strong link between DepEd (schools) and CHED (TEIs) can be implemented by placing both institutions on the same ‘quality’ teacher continuum. This will create a unified approach to enhancing the skills, knowledge and practices of teachers across the country,” Dr. Gonong said.

Joining Dr. Gonong at the Summit were Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles as keynote speaker, and DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan as first Plenary Speaker.

Sec. Nograles included in his presentation the current collaboration between RCTQ and his office—the Technical Working Group for Teacher Quality (TWG-TQ), while Usec. Malaluan touched on NEAP transformation—one of the major RCTQ projects with DepEd—and its implications to the pre-service education and to PNU.