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ARMM takes new approach to rate teachers, improve competence

COTABATO CITY, April 12 (PNA) -- The education department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has taken new approach to improve teachers' proficiency and boost quality education in the region.

A new approach, dubbed as Teachers Assessment and Competency Examination (TACE) has been used by the Department of Education in the ARMM (DepEd-ARMM) to measure competency of some 3,000 teachers in the autonomous region to make them competitive and at par with other teachers in Mindanao.

A method to assess teaching applicants, the process requires aspirants to undergo competency examinations, panel interviews and a teaching demonstrations.

Dr. John Magno, DepEd-ARMM assistant secretary for operations, said this mechanism would ascertain quality teachers will be hired for a regionally competitive ARMM.

Aside from passing the teachers licensure examination, new applicants will be ranked based on their TACE results, Magno said.

The education department has already conducted series of competency exams to almost 500 teacher applicants from the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao 1 & 2, and Tawi-Tawi.

Commencing with 35 examinees in Lamitan, Basilan, a massive turn-out of 121 teaching aspirants in Tawi-Tawi last March 1, the bulk of applicants came from Maguindanao I and II with 142 each who took the exam conducted recently.

“We are yet to finalize the schedule for Sulu which will definitely be conducted in Zamboanga City this May," Mubarak Pandi, DepEd-ARMM regional information officer, said.

“This is a ‘no-pass or no-fail’ test, but a method to rank our teacher-applicants as to how they fair with the assessment results, TACE will serve as an equal opportunity for all applicant to cut away the ill practice of ‘palakasan'," he added.

For his part, Magno reiterated the essence of quality education, a thrust in line with the reform agenda of the current regional administration.

“We would like to be at par with other region, we are in the right track and we would like to ensure quality education and we are starting with the proficiency of our educators in ARMM," he said.

Magno said the DepEd would like to prepare the department at its competitive level ahead of the coming of the new Bangsamoro government in 2016. (PNA)
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