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Teacher exam to be held again in HK this September

26 July 2017

The annual Licensure Examination for Teachers will be administered again in Hong Kong this September for domestic workers who are aspiring to return to the classroom, according to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

“It’s been approved in principle. We’re just waiting for the approval of the venue and the board resolution of the PRC,” Labor Attaché Jalilo de la Torre told The SUN.

A delegation from the Professional Regulation Commission has been coming to Hong Kong every year to administer the exam to teaching graduates and former teachers who still don’t have professional licenses.

Labatt dela Torre said he had proposed that the teachers’ exam be again held in Delia Memorial School Hip Wo in Kwun Tong, Kowloon, where the PRC administered the Civil Service Exams last Nov 27.

But he said the venue deal could not yet be finalized because the person in charge of approving the venue was on vacation.

Until the previous year, the LET was held at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town, but the venue was not as comfortable as Delia Hip Wo school, which has air-conditioned rooms and a lift.

The deadline for registration of examinees has been extended for two weeks from the initial cut-off of July 14, said Gemma Lauraya, president of the National Organization of Professional Teachers -
Hong Kong.

NOPT has reportedly started holding review classes ahead of the expected test schedule.

Lauraya told The SUN that NOPT submitted to POLO as early as last April a request for the LET to be held in Hong Kong again this year because of a clamor from would-be examinees.

Last year, only 9.77% of the 624 who took the exam in Hong Kong had passed in one f the lowest ever results for the exam in Hong Kong. - VBL
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