The RCTQ-SiMERR research team for the Mapping Study of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) engaged a total of 30 more teachers from the divisions of Maguindanao 1, Lamitan and Basilan as respondents in focus group discussions for the month of January 2021.

The number brought the total number of FGD participants from the three divisions to 98.

MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal during the MOU signing for the TEI Mapping Study among the Philippine Normal University, University of New England, Mindanao State University, and the Western Mindanao State University in August 2020.

In December 2020, Bangsamoro Minister for Basic, Higher and Techncal Education Mohagher Iqbal issued Regional Memorandum No. 818 requesting the schools divisions superintendents (SDS) of the three divisions to identify qualified teachers from their divisions who can participate in the FGDs.

The FGDs targeted graduates of TEIs participating in the study from Batches 2014-2018 who are now public school elementary teachers in the three BARMM schools divisions. FGD questions covered the following areas: (1) BEEd program; (2) Pre-service development of teachers; (3) Preparation for work; (4) Passing the LET/ BLEPT; (5) Working in schools; (6) Curriculum, collaboration, and learning; (7) Creation of a positive and peaceful school culture, and (8) Awareness of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST).

Ten teacher education institutions (TEIs) serving the BARMM participated in the mapping study which will describe and elaborate their pre-service teacher training. In August 2020, officials of the Philippine Normal University (PNU), University of New England (UNE) Australia, Mindanao State University (MSU), and the Western Mindanao State University (MSU) signed memoranda of understanding for the Mapping Study.

Supported by the Australian government through its Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) program, the FGDs formed part of the data gathering activities designed to help explore the quality of pre-service programs in Mindanao. The study also seeks to identify the development of and support for pre-service teacher education and provide a better understanding of the status of basic education in Mindanao.

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The RCTQ-SiMERR research team for the Mapping Study of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) engaged a total of 30 more teachers from the divisions of Maguindanao 1, Lamitan and Basilan as respondents in focus group discussions for the month of January...