ZAMBOANGA CITY: Almost 2,000 teachers have took the annual government licensure examination in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, officials said.
Officials said the Licensure Examination for Teachers was held at the Notre Dame of Jolo College, Notre Dame of Jolo for Girls and Notre Dame High School Kasulutan.
Prior to the examination, the Sulu provincial government provided free review classes and book reviewer to the teachers to help them pass the rigid written examination conducted by the Philippine Regulation Commission.
Fazlur-Rahman Abdulla, the executive director of Sulu Area Coordinating Center, said the free LET review program has been going on for years to help public school teachers.
This year, newly-elected Governor Totoh Tan, continued the programs and project of his father, then governor and now vice governor. The free LET review classes was originally introduced by then Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, now the provincial vice governor, in an effort to professionalize the teaching in government schools in the 19 towns here.
Now, the program is continued by new Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan with the support of his father.
Abdulla said the teachers praised Tan and the provincial government for the continuation of the annual LET review program. This includes free review classes conducted by professionals from Manila who are regularly hired by the provincial government to conduct the review in Sulu.
The provincial as well as the municipal government are also providing allowances for public school teachers to help augment their meager salaries.
Aside from the LET review classes, Sulu now has launched free review classes for civil eligibility examinations that will benefit those who are aspiring to work in government. AL JACINTO