Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin, incumbent President of the University of Southeastern Philippines, recently shared his expertise on Quality Assurance in Teacher Education to the heads of schools and academicians who participated in the Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE)’s 16th Regional Annual Conference-Workshop held on February 24-25 at Tan Yan Kee Auditorium, Davao Central High School.
Alibin comprehensively shared how USeP’s program for Teacher Education was chosen as one of the Centers of Excellence in the country by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on July 14, 2010. He discussed about USeP-College of Education’s strengths in faculty development, research and extension, curricula innovations, improvements in the facilities, performance in licensure examinations, linkages, and strong student support. He also mentioned that achieving quality may be an arduous task, which even USeP is constantly grappling with, in its pursuit of sustaining the attained success even aiming for a loftier vision for its teacher education program. He further recommended that quality can be gradually attained through positivism, shared values/leadership, addressing students’ and teacher’s needs, sustaining strong network and linkages, as well as institutionalizing local merit system.
The USeP President emphasized at the beginning of his speech that “teaching a person, teaches a family; but teaching teachers, teaches the whole society.”
The two-day conference also highlighted the issue on the 12-year basic education cycle (K+12), by Regional Dir. Susana Teresa B. Estigoy of DepEd XI; the Institutional-wide Approach towards ICT in Education, as lectured by the Vice Chancellor for Administration of UP Mindanao, Prof. Vic B. Calag; the Inspiring Presence of the Teacher in the Classroom by Mr. Guillermo M. Quintero, Principal of the High School Dept. of UIC; and Teachers’ Personality Enhancement discussed by Ms. Linda N. Duran, Senior Sales Director of Mary Kay.
Towards Quality Assurance in Teacher Education
This was the theme of the recently concluded Regional Annual Conference-Workshop of the Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE), which was considered as a venue for discussion and exchange of information regarding the improvements that have to be made in every institution offering Teacher Education programs.
Honorable City Councilor Rachel Zozobrado, in behalf of the City Mayor, said that in training future educators institutions have to “raise the quality of teaching.” This was followed by a commendation from Dr. Edward Aquino, CHED XI OIC Director, who was represented by Dr. Zenaida Tortugo, for PAFTE’s effort of gathering all institution heads and teachers as one way of developing better understanding of quality assurance, the importance of K12, and the role of Information Technology in Education.
As keynote speaker, Rev. Msgr. Julius Rodulfa, President of HCDC, spoke about the five (5) principles that may be reflected upon by all institution leaders in the quest for quality. In sum, he said that quality is a construct of the mind which may be materialized through faculty development, improved facilities, being responsive to technological change, being adaptive to the actual needs of learners, and above all, about showing human connections for students to draw out their best. (USeP Public Information Office)