PRC: March 2017’s number of LET passers the lowest in history

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The results for March 2017 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) has recently been released by The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Statistics show that the latest number of exam passers is the lowest in the history of LET. But in spite of this, the Department of Education (DepEd) believes that they will not lack teachers for this year.

According to PRC, the number of LET passers in March has always been expectedly low, because of the re-takers. They also changed the passing rate from 73 to 75% to escalate the quality of the teachers.

As ABS CBN reported, only 5,600 have passed (10.39%) out of the 53,915 takers for the Elementary Education; the lowest in the history of LET according to PRC.

On the secondary level, stats also show that the passing rate is not good, only 18,458 have passed (25.46%) out of the 72,584 takers.

This year will hold the first batch of grade 12 students, and because of that, 53,000 additional teachers are needed by public schools. The DepEd, though, is confident that the schools will not be short on the supply of teachers, because they believe there are still lots of passers out there, that are not employed yet in certain schools, said DepEd Asec. Tonisito Umali.

The next Licensure Exam for Teachers will be in September this year.

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