PAGGIYA: The Making of Quality Learners, Board Passers, and TopnotchersStudents
Passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers is part of the registration process for obtaining a license to be considered a professional teacher, as stipulated in RA 7836 or the "Act to Strengthen the Regulation and Supervision of the Practice of Teaching in the Philippines and Prescribing a Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and for other purposes."
The Catanduanes State University College of Education (CatSU-COEd) is the only Higher Education Institution (HEI) on the island that offers various teacher education programs, including Bachelor in Elementary Education, Bachelor in Secondary Education, Bachelor of Culture and Education (BCAEd), Bachelor in Physical Education, and Bachelor of Technical – Vocational Education (BTVTEd).
The Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) has six specializations: English, Filipino, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Values Education. Like other HEIs or Technical Education Institutions (TEIs) in the country, CatSU-COEd aims to produce a high percentage of LET passers and, most importantly, topnotchers.
In the almost two years of struggling with online learning due to the pandemic brought by the Covid-19 virus, the world's situation was nearly chaotic, and all aspects of life were adversely affected, particularly the education sector.
It is for this reason that Dr. Maria Sheila R. Gregorio, Dean of the College of Education, came up with an idea on how to assist especially the COEd graduates of SY 2021-2022. Along with her able group of faculties who started it all through informal talks and merienda cena meetings, PAGGIYA was born.
"PAGGIYA is a Pre-Board Examination Program that aims to help our newly Education graduates be prepared for the tough challenge," said Dr. Gregorio.
PAGGIYA was a brainchild of Dr. Gregorio when she was still a member of the Faculty in February 2022, who decided to approach the then Vice President for Academic Affairs, now Executive Vice President, Dr. Lily P. Custodio, along with the rest of the COEd faculties, to propose PAGGIYA.
Upon Dr. Custodio's recommendation, the proposal was approved by the SUC President III, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza.
A total of 185 CoEd graduates mainly from the CatSU Main, and Panganiban campuses registered for the March 7, 2023, Pre-Board Examination.
"We are happy to note that we did not only cater to our very own graduates of 2022. During the registration period, a number of graduates from other schools outside CatSU and the island came and requested to participate since they have not been able to go through a formal review in a center due to a lack of financial capacity," Dr. Gregorio proudly shared.
PAGGIYA's objectives include orienting and reorienting teacher education graduates to the LET process, conducting the pre-board exam for teachers, evaluating the results towards conducting the LET Enhancement Program, and continuing to provide it to teacher education graduates, ultimately ensuring that teacher education graduates will pass and top the March 2023 LET.
"This is just the first step. Our robust faculty who contributed to formulating the test questions and all other guidelines for the pre-board exam will evaluate and identify the points of weaknesses and where to focus strength on, conduct final coaching, as we proceed to the next step, which is the Enhancement Review," Dr. Gregorio said.
The Enhancement Review is set on March 13, 2023, at the CatSU Auditorium, with Ryan A. De Mesa, LPT, MAEM, iMind Review Coordinator, and National Reviewer for Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), Civil Service Examination (CSE), and National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) examination.
“This is a collaborative effort from amongst the core faculty of College of Education and College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science. With the teamwork and cooperation from everybody, I am hopeful that these activities will yield us positive results, towards achieving our goals”, Dr. Gregorio concluded.
It is worth noting that Dr. Azanza announced on his Facebook page on March 1, 2022, that he had made efforts to bring board review sessions to the island, with CatSU providing the venue, and the best reviewers being assigned for CatSU students at negotiated reasonable rates from review centers.
He also initiated the efforts of finding sources of incentives for CatSU students who will top the board exam: 50K cash for those who will land in the Top 10 and 100K for Top 1. #CVecilles