College faculty members, professionals will be hired to teach in K to 12 program



MANILA, Philippines – College faculty members, professional practitioners and other non-education graduates will be hired to teach in high school with the passage of the law on the new Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K to 12) basic education curriculum.

The K to 12 law, which the Senate and the House of Representatives passed last week, has eased the 1994 rule under Republic Act 7836 wherein only education graduates who have passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) may teach in elementary and high school.
The legislation, which only needs President Benigno Aquino III’s signature to become law, has instead authorized the Department of Education (DepEd) and private high schools to hire even from among non-education graduates to teach science, math and other specialized subjects.

The law gave the DepEd the leeway it had asked for in hiring teachers in critical subject areas like science and math especially in anticipation of the two years of senior high school that was added to the old 10-year basic education curriculum.

The enhanced basic education curriculum now consists of one-year kindergarten, six years of elementary (Grades 1 to 6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and the added two years of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12).
Senior high school will start nationwide in 2016.
With the new law, DepEd can hire graduates of science, math, statistics, engineering, music and such subjects where there is a shortage of qualified applicants from among education graduates who have passed the LET.
Once hired however, they have to take and pass the LET within five years so they could go on teaching full time, according to the law.
They do not have to pass the LET if they will teach part-time.
Graduates of foundations that are duly recognized for their expertise are also qualified to be hired as high school teachers.
Full-time college teachers of general education (GE) subjects may be hired if they wish to apply to teach in high school.
The final version of the law has dropped the provision in the original Senate and House bills that required a master’s degree; the law simply required college teachers who wish to teach in high school to have a bachelor’s degree.
When fourth year high school students do not graduate and remain in senior high school for two years longer, teachers of GE subjects in college will have no one to teach in 2016 and 2017.
To mitigate the expected low enrolment in college starting 2016, the law declared that the faculty of higher education institutions and technical-vocational institutions who are qualified to teach in high school shall be given priority in hiring.

Public and private schools may also hire practitioners with expertise in specialized learning areas to teach in high school on a part-time basis.
Graduates of technical and vocational courses shall also be hired to teach in specialized subjects in high school, regardless of an LET certificate.
They only need a competence certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to qualify.
Once hired, they will be given training to teach in high school at the expense of DepEd.

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  • RyanE

    Great! Absolutely one of the best bills passed by Congress!

    We have so many professionals presently working as OFWs. After their stints abroad, they can teach part time and even share to the students some of the technical experiences or knowledge they acquired abroad.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    In Elementary and High School, it is the teachers who adjust to the mentality of the learners. In College, it is the other way around. Since there would be a switch in roles, DepEd should require College Professors or Professionals who wish to teach in High School to undergo a training on how to conduct education among high schools.

    This should be made imperative because in the University where I went, even PhDs from some of the most prestigious universities in the world do not even know how to teach. The college of Education was offering seminars on how to teach effectively but since they are from the College of Engineering, they think they never needed any training from the lesser Departments. Engineering Professors are some of the proudest people you will ever meet. 

    The knowledge gap between high school and college is enormous and both the high school and the College Professors would find themselves in unfamiliar waters, resulting in disastrous outcomes. High School students may find the content too tough and College Professors will surely think High School students are extremely dumb. College Professors are very impatient most of the time.

    It would be better that College Professors and Professionals train High School Educators so that there would be a buffer between the difficult content and the learners since High School Educators already know how their students think.

    In the end the most important factor is not really the content but how effectively the students absorb them.

    • Rey

      “High School students may find the content too tough.”

      College professors will be guided by the course outline. They are not supposed to go beyond what was indicated in the guidelines.

      What should not be done is the practice of College professors of asking students to read books and have exams later on after having very limited discussions.

  • Boy

    After all these debates on how to improve the quality of education in the Philippines, the Philippine government must admit and commit to invest on infrastructures. Stories of classrooms, chairs, tables and books shortages are very common when enrollment comes. The structural changes planned by this government will not work if there will be no changes in the way budget are planned. Increase the meager % to GDP allocation for education and this K-12 program will definitely work. We might have the best intellects in this world but we always fail when we implement it. Because as always, budget has to be cut. Major improvement and changes must start from budget allocation.

  • Choi Pipes

    only to those who are at least 40 years old.

  • kilabot

    remember to filter out perverts from those who teach the kids. 
    or ph will end up with more confused kids than smart ones; 
    who cannot tell which are the natural reproductive sex organs from the unnatural.

    beware of perversion!

  • boybakal

    Same curriculum, more years of studies.
    The same as usual.

  • Terence Dave Pelingon

    let’s wait and see what will happen in the barangay high schools…hahaha senior high school ka dyan…baka 2 more years of hauling rocks and lifting bamboo poles lang mangyari

  • Riff-off

    Some College Professors are NOT fitted to teach in high school. (to tell you frankly)

    What’s the point of having TEACHER EDUCATION COURSES if they basically don’t know what are the PROPER TEACHING METHODS?

     I’m just emphasizing that teachers must take and pass the LET first before educating the HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS????? It would be too unfair if the teacher can’t let the students understand his/her lessons? 

    To conclude, they must learn primarily the principles of teaching.

    • Rey

      Riff-off, it is a fact that most of the more intelligent ones took courses other than BSE or BSEEd. And many of these are also natural teachers. However, it is true that there will be those who will struggle to teach effectively. That’s the reason why College professors who will teach HS students must eventually pass the LET. And since, presumably, methods of teaching will be part of that exam, the said teachers have to take a few courses (units) in Education.

    • Daniel Mana-ay Sta Maria

      true ,in terms of teaching approach !

  • Mang Teban

    I share the same view of having college graduates teach in primary and secondary levels. This will also solve the unemployment problem of college grads without jobs or those underemployed who are misplaced working in jobs unrelated to their college degrees and are not earning enough.

    I see no problem with college professors who would like to teach in high schools or in elementary. If they cannot adjust to the methodology and to learning something about behavioral psychology for kids and teens, they would leave on their own. Besides, they may turn out to be better in engaging the students to think critically and not to rely mainly on rote learning methods as the traditional primary/secondary teachers were trained to.

    Requiring hopefuls for permanent teaching positions to obtain licenses through the LET within five years is a good standard to set. However, I also think that what needs to be done is to improve the quality of teaching students majoring in Education courses so that the graduates can be hired readily for permanent teaching positions and not end up failing in LET. 

    Lastly, the salary scales for public school teachers must be upgraded to entice the youth to consider teaching as their career in the future. Compensation must be based on competence and  skills and not on seniority alone. Teachers who strive to undergo more training and education like postgraduate courses must be rewarded with additional benefits. Those who fall behind and have stopped to explore their capacities to acquire knowledge must be sent for retraining or removed from the school. Teachers must excel before their students excel from the motivation and encouragement they see from their teachers.

    • Rey

      Mang Teban, you were too polite this time (just kidding). So, I will be straightforward.

      It is true that the quality of education for BSE and BSEEd has to be improved. I see a lot of textbook authors, who come from schools specializing in producing teachers, whose work are mediocre and full of errors (factual and grammatical). Yet these authors have post-graduate education. That is why I don’t readily give these kind of people the professional respect they deserve unless proven so.

      We must accept the fact that only a very small percentage of our more-gifted countrymen pursue the noble profession because of the meager pay. This trend will change only when salaries of teachers are upgraded.

      • Arlene

        I like your comment, sir! Lalo na po the 2nd paragraph…sana mabasa ito ng maraming school administrators……

  • Mark Jason Quinones

    okay, we have along way to go in evolving our educational system , but at least we are making progress. . . 

  • Riff-off

    It’s good to have this K to 12 program. (I’m in favor actually.)

    PASSING THE LET must be the first qualification in entering the world of TEACHING. Even if that person is equipped with information and knowledge, he possibly can have difficulties in sharing to his students. Thus, earning education units can improve or even eradicate that problem..

    If we consider instructing students (high school, in particular),  we must think that those ‘teachers’ must have a concrete background in teaching. Those persons must know what are the DO’s and DONT’s inside the classroom. They must also know the principles of teaching and its methods because teachers have the greatest factor in the learning of the students. (Am I right?)

    Matagal pa naman ang 2016 ah? Pwde naman cla mag-enroll this year?

  • Lola del Rosario

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  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    kung sino man nagrekomenda at nag approve na dagdagan ang school year ng dalawang taon kahit na kulang na kulang sa classrooms, teachers at pambayad ng allowance, dapat un din ang managot kung ano man ang magiging pasanin dahil sa mga dagdag na gastusin na yan, porke mayayaman kayo sa kakakurakot nyo kaya kayo approve ng approve

  • JunnexD

    Katarantaduhan! Shortage of teacher? Stupidity! Anong basis nila na shortage ang teacher sa pinas? bulag ba sila? ten years na akong nag aaply sa public school, hanggang ngayon hindi pa ako makapasok pasok sa public school dahil sa mga corupt na official sa deped.  pumasa na man ako sa LET, may experience na man ako sa teaching, and all of the requirements the government ask I’ve already complied and pass.  At ang pinaka importante sa lahat that im teaching specialization at ako lng ang mayroon na klaseng specialization sa aming lungsod at hindi pa rin ako makapasok dahil sa palakasan system na nakasanayan na sa pinas. buong systema kurakot,  and believe me hindi ako nag iisa dito sa amin.  katarantaduhan talaga to!

  • Maboot

    DepEd while doing this reform must also make sure that its system is efficient.Example,  why on earth should a new hired teacher wait for three or four months before she gets paid? I know this is not a right forum for my rantings but I know you have heard of this story or might have experienced it yourself. And yes, to whom do I address it so I can really air this issue to proper ears?

  • Barongkot Dangcagan Bukidnon


  • Barongkot Dangcagan Bukidnon

    I would suggest that the classes should be divided by ability. The advantage is that it is more efficient, as good student are more motivated and don’t feel slowed down by the rest, and less good students can spend more time on weaker subjects until they understand them. As of course most people have strong and weak subjects (some are good at everything or bad at everything, but they are few), each subject should have about 3 levels (strong, average, weak), and students should join according to their performance in each of them. So, if some is very good at maths, average at history and weak at languages, then they should join the appropriate class level for each subject.

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