RCTQ Director discusses teacher quality, teacher education institutions at PEAC education confab
RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong discussed discourses and developments related to teacher quality and teacher education institutions (TEIs) as one of the conference session speakers at the 2021 Philippine Education (PhilEd) Conference on 2 December 2021 organized by the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC).
Dr. Gonong started with literature defining teacher quality including its holistic definition, as well as its ‘common convictions’ around the world. She also talked about researches on teacher quality and student achievement..
The RCTQ Director discussed how professional standards such as the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) not only become the logical framework for teacher quality but a contributing factor to human capital development as how the World Bank cited the PPST in its Philippines Economic Update in 2019.
In DepEd, Dr. Gonong said, professional standards are used “to promote and guide quality professional practice, to support teacher career progression, to guide professional discussions and mentoring, among others.” She said DepEd is currently working to align its policies and incentives for hiring/recruitment, induction, promotion/career progression and professional development with the PPST.
Dr. Gonong went on to discuss TEIs and the challenges they face in supporting teacher quality. She said teacher education courses are in high demand but fall short in attracting the best students to enter the teaching profession. Because of this, she said the policy framework that governs the licensing process for teachers needs to be closely reviewed and updated.
Dr. Gonong shared that some of the current initiatives that will support TEIs include the strengthening of the Teacher Education Council (TEC) whose legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives have been supported by RCTQ. Senate Bill 2152 and House Bill 10301 were approved on their third and final reading and are awaiting consolidation through a bicameral conference. Another great development for TEIs, she said, is how the Association of Southeast Asian Teacher Education Network (AsTEN) has been formally recognized as an official entity associated with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and is expected to represent the teacher education sector in ASEAN under the category of ‘Think Tanks’.
Dr. Gonong was joined by Dr. Edison Fermin, member of the Commission on Higher Education Technical Panel for Teacher Education, as co-speaker in the same session. The session was moderated by Dr. Gina Montalan, Academic Vice President of the Ateneo de Davao University.
The conference, held online from December 1 to 4, aimed to highlight the need for the Philippine education system to transition from school recovery and readiness to school preparedness and resilience to ensure student learning continuity during disruptive situations such as the Covid-19 pandemic. It sought to encourage discussions on aligning sector and school response and strategies to that of improving student outcomes.https://www.rctq.ph/?p=3308NewsPEAC,Teacher Education Council,Teacher Education Institutions,Teacher Quality