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Teachers' licensure test held without hitch despite protests

29 September 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao
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Three early finishers pose in front of the venue of the exam

A total of 470 Filipina domestic workers took the Licensure Examination for Teachers administered on Sunday, Sept 29, at the Delia Memorial School in Kwun Tong by a team from the Professional Regulation Commission

The examination was held amid a tense atmosphere as anti-government protesters in Hong Kong scheduled a big rally in Admiralty and other parts of the SAR.

But, despite their review sessions being curtailed by the often violent protests that are now on their 17th week, the examinees said the test appeared to be easier this time than previously.   
The exam began sharply at 8am, with 237 signed up to take the exam in the secondary level and 263 in the elementary level. Three of the 473 who registered did not show up.

Armond Englis, an officer from the Cebu PRC regional office which led the team that administered the test, said everything went smoothly, from the assembly of the examinees early in the morning to the conduct of the exams.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office booked 23 classrooms for the exams at Delia, the venue of the test for the past three years, and enlisted 46 volunteers to act as proctors and watchers.
At 1pm, Polo Office-in-Charge Antonio Villafuerte and Assistant Labor Attaché Angelica Suñga paid a visit to Delia and toured the upper floors of the school where the examinees were answering their test papers.

The PRC said the target release date of results of the Sept 29 LET will be on Nov 29, or 44 working days after the board exams, but the results may also be out earlier or later without prior notice.

Englis said those who took the elementary-level exam finished early, with some examinees already done by 9:30 am. He expected the high school-level exam to finish at around 5pm or 6pm due to its different components for the majors.

But, apparently indicative of the ease with which they completed their test, the first few finishers of the secondary-level exam finished by mid-afternoon.

Among the early finishers was Pema Tepan, who first studied in Tacloban City. She completed the test at around 3pm. She said she expected her major, Biology, to be difficult but found it easier this time around than the first time she took the exam in 2015.

“Hindi naman mahirap, natapos ko yung Biology in 30 minutes,” Tepan said. She attributed the ease to her giving the subject more attention during the review.

“Mas marami akong ni-review sa Biology ngayon at yung mga na-review ay nasa exam. Mahirap ngayon ang Professional Education, puro situational halos.”

Tepan said she could not join review classes offered by a well-known review center because her day off is Saturday, so she had to do it online by hooking up to a similar service offered by a reviewer in Tacloban.

The expected protests for the day prompted both examinees and volunteers from the National Organization of Professional Teachers in Hong Kong to finish and go home early.

Those who volunteered for the elementary-level exam left by 2:30pm, including NOPT president Gemma Lauraya and her vice president Edna Liboon.

Only those helping administer the high school-level exam stayed behind until the last examinee had finished.

Most of them said they wanted to make sure they could return to their employers’ homes early in case MTR stations were shut down.     

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