COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) has announced it would hire 933 senior high school teaching positions this year in order to fill up the existing vacancies.
Mobarak Pandi, regional information officer of DepEd-ARMM, said the department is working on the selection process for the applicants. On June 1, Wednesday last week, DepEd-ARMM administered here an English Proficiency Examination for 1,216 applicants.
Successful applicants will be hired for teaching positions in senior high schools in the schools divisions of Maguindanao I and II, Lanao del Sur I and II and Marawi City.
Montaser Dimaukor, a 24-year old Secondary Education major in Mathematics graduate, is hopeful he would be given a permanent item as a senior high school teacher in Parang National High School in Parang town, under Maguindanao I division.
“DepEd-ARMM has a systematic selection process now. Anyone could be hired through the different phases they administer,” Dimaukor said.
Bainajeer Ali, 20, shared a similar view with Dimaukor. She said the process has been competitive.
“Only the best among the applicants will be chosen because of the competitive process we undertook,” Ali said.
Ali is a graduate of Secondary Education major in English in 2015 and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in March 2016. She wants to be assigned in Talitay National High School in the town of Sultan Sumagka under Maguindanao II division.
The schools divisions of Lamitan City, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi also administered a similar examination for their applicants on June 1. The applicants had to go through a process that includes teaching demonstration, panel interview, and intensive screening of their pertinent papers such as transcript of records, overall average rating in college, and other credentials, according to Pandi.
Dr. John Magno, ARMM education secretary, had earlier affirmed that the processes being undertaken would guarantee that only good quality teachers will be hired in order for students to have a ‘progressive future.’
On April 25, more than 560 elementary and junior high teachers signed their appointment papers and deployment orders in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.
Magno said the expected salaries of senior high school teachers will range from P19,940 to P39,493. Applicants will be ranked according to DepEd’s criteria for evaluation and selection process. The region’s Education department also assured it would follow general guidelines for the hiring and placement of successful applicants.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL