Australian Embassy First Secretary Nigel Bruce speaks at the launch of the BEST-assisted PPST on National Teachers’ Day in Legaspi City.

The Australian Embassy and the BEST team joined the Department of Education (DepEd)  on 5 October 2017 in launching an evidence-based and nationally-validated set of professional standards expected to bring about landmark reform in the teaching profession across the country.

The Australian government has supported the development of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) since 2013 through its partnership with the Philippine Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ), an organization it also helped to establish in 2012, and more recently, through the BEST Program for its policy formulation.

Australia’s First Secretary Mr. Nigel Bruce recognized DepEd’s adoption of the standards at the opening program of the World Teachers’ Day/National Teachers’ Day program at Legaspi City’s Ibalong Centrum for Recreation.

“The PPST is a fantastic new framework that aligns the curriculum for teacher training to the K-12 program. It will help prepare effective teachers, and support the enhancement of teacher practice across four Career Stages in terms of nationally and internationally recognised teacher quality. This reform will bring DepED, CHED and Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) even closer together and provide mechanisms to TEIs to produce teachers to meet the demands of the K-12 curriculum,” Mr. Bruce said before thousands of teachers from all DepEd regions.

Sec. Leonor Magtolis-Briones issued DepEd Order No. 42, s. 2017 on 11 August 2017 to provide guidelines for the national adoption and implementation of the PPST.

Mr. Bruce at the launch of PPST at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City.

Mr. Bruce speaks before thousands at the launch of PPST at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City.

The new standards, which build on the previously-adopted National Competency-based Teacher Standards (NCBTS), define what competencies constitute teacher quality both in pre-service and in-service education, and in the context of the K to 12 reform.  It has well-defined domains, strands, and indicators that provide measures of professional learning, competent practice and effective engagement. The PPST will also be used as a basis for all learning and development programs for teachers to ensure that they are properly equipped to effectively implement the K to 12 program.

Thousands of pre- and in-service teachers, principals, supervisors, and senior officials of DepEd from every region validated the PPST during the last three years through surveys, workshops and meetings before it was finalized through a workshop organized by Teacher Education Council (TEC), an agency attached to DepEd that is primarily responsible for the formulation of policies that improve the standards and system of teacher education.

In a statement, Sec. Briones said the adoption and implementation of PPST will contribute substantially to upgrading the quality of our teachers.

“By providing the competency standards along well-defined career stages, we will be able to improve our assessment tools for teacher performance, and enable us to come up with more targeted programs for in-service training and career development,” Briones said.

For more information on the PPST, read DepEd DO 42, s.2017

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