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612 qualify for Sept 30 LET

07 September 2018

A total of 612 aspiring public school teachers among Hong Kong-based Filipinos have been approved by the Professional Regulation Commission to sit for the Special Licensure Examination to held in the city at the end of September.

The complete list of both qualified examinees this year for the annual licensure exam has been  uploaded on the Facebook page of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

There are potentially 319 elementary teacher examinees this year from Hong Kong compared with 215 last year. For secondary teachers, 293 have qualified for the test, including six who will be taking the exam in the Philippines.

Gemma A. Lauraya, president of the National Organization of Professional Teachers – Hong Kong Chapter, noted that the list may have grown longer this year because of the SPIMS program of the government.

SPIMS, or “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am, Sir,” is a joint program of the Department of Labor and Employment, National Reintegration Center for OFWs and the Department of Education and Culture to encourage teachers who had gone abroad to work as domestic helpers to return home and teach.

This year's LET may be held again at Delia Memorial School -Hip Wo in Kwuntong because of its facilities that are ideal for the exam.
Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo had said last year that 81,000 new teachers’ posts would be added this school year to the Philippines’ public school system because of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 program that extended the number of years of learning for students before they can go to college.

POLO has not yet announced the venue for the exam, but it is likely to be held at Delia Memorial School -Hip Wo in Kwun Tong because of its facilities that are ideal for the exam.

Lauraya said final coaching sessions organized by NOPT and handled by Carl Balita Review Center will be held this Sunday and on Sept 16. She said more than 250 teaching aspirants have been attending the review classes.

“Sana lang, better results this year than in previous years,” said Lauraya when asked about her expectations for the passing rate this year. Only 13% of the 460 who sat for the exam last year have passed, a poor performance compared with around 50% the first time the LET was held in Hong Kong several years back.

Lauraya said the venue this year is likely to be Delia Memorial School-Hip Wo in Kwun Tong, the site where the Civil Service Examination was held in November 2016 and the LET in September last year.

“Most likely Delia ulit po iyan, kasi yung facilities po, eh,” she said. In terms of pricing, Delia charged $40,000 for the use of its classrooms and facilities last year, compared with the hefty $200,000 that POLO paid for an exhibition hall at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2016.

Lauraya said she had received messages from individuals who could not find their names on the list. She said this could be due to problems with the new directives on payment of the exam fee or discrepancies in their documents that led to their applications missing the deadline for submission.

She said three are missing from the list and a few others have commented on her post that their names had been misplaced on the list.

For instance, there were those who indicated they would sit for the Social Studies test but were now on the list for Technology and Livelihood Education, Lauraya said.

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