3 October 2018, MAKATI, Philippines – Close to a hundred development leaders from government, industry, academe, and civil society gathered at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel to examine the state

of teacher development in the Philippines and to strengthen the coalition around raising teacher quality.

In the 2018 Teacher Quality Forum hosted by Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), in partnership with the Australian Government and the World Bank Group (WBG), participants concurred

that improving the teacher development pipeline is key to addressing the demand for quality teachers, particularly in light of the K to 12 reform.

“Global evidence consistently points to teachers as the single most important institutional factor

for learning. Thus, to ensure that learners acquire the skills they need to succeed, raising teacher quality must come first,” PBEd Chairman Ramon del Rosario Jr. expressed.

With over half a million yearly enrollees across over a thousand teacher education institutions (TEIs), teacher education remains a popular program in the Philippines. This, however, does not translate

to professional success: At 31%, the 10-year average licensure passing rate is the lowest among all priority disciplines. Moreover, deployment, induction, and professional development remain critical intervention points in the pipeline.

Drawing inspiration from working global models, WBG senior education specialist Javier Luque shared reform areas and action points for better teacher development. These include raising TEI standards for admission and practical training, granting provisional entry into teaching, and rationalizing professional development, including the incentive system.

Graced by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Amanda Gorely, the Forum is part of PBEd’s partnership with the Australian Government in its commitment to help transform Philippine basic education. It is also a major activity under the 10th anniversary celebration of the National Teachers’ Month.

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