RCTQ Director Gina Gonong makes a presentation and leads a roundtable discussion on the Excellence in Teacher Education Act

Some 60 representatives including presidents of universities belonging to the National Network of Normal Schools (3NS) converged at Quezon City’s B Hotel on 4 April 2022 to take part in a roundtable discussion on the legislative measure that will reform the Teacher Education Council (TEC).

To trigger the discussion centered on Policies Shaping Teacher Education, RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong presented the Excellence in Teacher Education Act, a measure that is now waiting to be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Dr. Gonong started by sharing the highlights of RCTQ’s collaboration with 3NS since 2016, before providing an overview of the Excellence in Teacher Education Act, the bill that RCTQ helped draft in 2020. She also shared the roles of PNU and RCTQ in tackling the said legislative measure in Congress.

The bill, which will strengthen the Teacher Education Council, is expected to improve teacher and school leader quality across professional development continuum, including academic training in teacher education institutions (TEIs).  The principal authors of the bill are Senate by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and Rep. Roman Romulo.

Consolidated as SB 2152 in the Senate and HB 10301 in the House of Representatives, the bill hurdled the series of committee hearings and TWG meetings, leading to their plenary approval of SB 2152 and HB 10301 in both chambers, and the respective ratification of the bill’s unified version in both houses on 31 January 2022.

Emphasizing the importance of strengthening teacher quality in the country, Dr. Gonong said that “if we want to improve the education system, we need to improve teacher quality. And teacher quality starts from pre-service,” she said. The bill covers all teachers and school leaders in all public and private basic education institutions, and all public and private TEIs.

Highlighted in Dr. Gonong’s presentation were the powers and functions of the strengthened Teacher Education Council, one of which is ensuring a strong link between pre-service and in-service teacher education programs.

“TEC will also set and mandate the basic requirements for teacher education programs, and this will ensure that the teacher education programs are aligned with the professional standards for teachers,” Dr. Gonong added.

Under the said bill, the new TEC will uphold and maintain the integrity of professional standards for teachers and school leaders by formulating evidence-based policies for pre-service and in-service teachers.

Participants, including Pangasinan State University President Dr. Dexter Buted, lauded the bill for being relevant to TEIs.

“We thank the PNU for spearheading this measure, which is a breakthrough for us” Dr Buted said.

The discussion was part of the coordination meeting organized by the Philippine Normal University (PNU) with 3NS members on 4-5 April 2022 aimed at building stronger rapport and relationships among leading teacher education universities. It also sought to tackle university directions, initiatives, and policies currently being developed for the educational transition to the new normal.

In his message, PNU President Bert J. Tuga, said the gathering was particularly significant as universities continue to find ways to address the effects of the pandemic.

“As we work together for the future of teacher education in the country, in collaboration with other education agencies, let us be inspired by what we have done together over the last decade and move forward in a harmonized action towards teacher quality,” said Dr. Tuga, who also presented the collaborative work and the mandate of 3NS.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Aldrin Darilag, who spoke via Zoom, called the meeting “a symbolic one because it gives the emphasis on translating the hard-earned lessons during the pandemic to a unified framework of direction that teacher education institutions (TEIs) can use in the post-pandemic world.”

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, who shared her message through a video, urged the 3NS participants to “prepare for the future.”

“We need to prepare for the future that is beyond the three year-electoral process, beyond our own lifetimes; a future that our learners will face the moment they leave school,” Sec. Briones said.

3NS leaders with DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan

PNU Vice President for Academics, Dr. Jennie V. Jocson, formally welcomed the participants to the activity, which included officials from the Bicol University (BU), Bukidnon State University (BukSU), Cebu Normal University (CNU), Leyte Normal University (LNU), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Palawan State University (PalSU), Pangasinan State University (PSU), Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), West Visayas State University (WVSU) and PNU. (Cristy Mendoza)

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Some 60 representatives including presidents of universities belonging to the National Network of Normal Schools (3NS) converged at Quezon City’s B Hotel on 4 April 2022 to take part in a roundtable discussion on the legislative measure that will reform the Teacher Education Council (TEC). To trigger the discussion centered...