Duterte signs law allowing Home Economics graduates to teach in private, public schools

MANILA, Philippines – Home Economics graduates are now allowed to teach in elementary and secondary schools.

Duterte signs law allowing Home Economics graduates to teach in private, public schools
Duterte promotes the hiring of more teachers by enacting a law allowing Home Economics graduates to teach | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Presidential Communications

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. 11168, allowing graduates of home economics to teach home economics - related vocational subjects in both public and private schools.

They are required to obtain a National Certificate Level 1 and National Certificate Level 2 from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) before they can teach in secondary schools.

Home Economics graduates can be easily hired to teach but will be required to pass the Licensure Examination for Teacher (LET) within five years from hiring. Those teaching part-time, will no longer be required to pass the test.

RA No 11168 reads, “It is the policy of the State, as enshrined in the ‘Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013,’ to allow graduates and specialists on specific fields that have limited licensed teacher applicants to teach in their specialized subjects for the basic education levels.”

“The State recognizes the invaluable contribution that Filipino professionals and specialists, particularly degree holders of home economics can make to the realization of a literate, skilled and productive citizenry,” it adds.

Under the law, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) are mandated to consult with TESDA on the formulation of standards and guidelines for the teaching of vocational-technical subjects.

“Home Economics as a profession shall be represented in the Teacher Education Council,” the law said.

The bill was signed into law by Duterte last January 3.

Back in 2017, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Partylist Representative Antonio Tinio lauded the passing of the bill in the House of Representatives. He is hopeful that the thousands of laid off contractual teachers could be rehired to teach again.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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