Monday, March 01, 2010

Hundreds of new Sulu teachers take oath

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan speaks before hundreds of teachers who took their oath as professional on Monday, March 1, 2010, the biggest number of people who passed the licensure examination given last year in Sulu province. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 1, 2010) – Close to 500 teachers took their oath as professional on Monday, the biggest number of people who passed the licensure examination given last year in Sulu province.

Lawyer Senando Esteban, regional director of the Professional Regulation Commission, extolled the new teachers to be competitive and honest in their profession.

“We are the molders of the youth. We should continue to be a good model and most of all serve the public with dignity, honesty and integrity,” he said.

He also cited Sulu Governor Sakur Tan for his role in bringing the licensure examination for teachers in the province. The teachers took their examination in October and the result was released only last month.

Many of the teachers said the review they took last year helped them a lot in passing the licensure examination. It was also Tan who brought professional educators to Sulu to help the teachers in their review.

Previously, teachers would go to Zamboanga City and spend as much as P40,000 to review in private centers.

Another licensure examination for teachers is also set in April in Sulu province. Tan was also able to bring licensure examinations for nursing and policemen among others to Sulu, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.

For his part, Tan urged the new teachers to work hard and encourage more locals to finish college so they can find a better job in the future and help in nation-building.

“I am happy because of the huge number of new professional teachers. Let us now work hard and encourage our young to study more and in the future help in nation-building,” he said.

Eufremio Canaria, assistant superintendent of the Department of Education, said it was the first time that close to 500 teachers passed the licensure examination. “This is something to be proud of because these teachers really work hard so they can pass the strict licensure examination. They reviewed a lot and prepared hard for the examination and they did it,” he said.

Many of the teachers said they previously failed the examination as many as six times until reviews were held in Sulu two years ago by Tan who hired private tutors to help them. (Mindanao Examiner)

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