Future Looks Dim for Education Graduate
(Second of three parts)
It will be take 3 in the
licensure exams for education graduate Jymsie Amora Racoma in August. To
Jymsie, who worked as a maid to earn her college degree and ended up in
her old job after graduation, the future looks dim.
By Carl Marc Ramota
Every year, only
about a fourth of 100,000 graduates pass the Licensure Examinations for
Teachers (LET) administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
The bigger number who don’t make it join those who have passed the LET to
remain jobless for years.
One of them is Jymsie
Amor Racoma, 25, an Elementary Education graduate from a private school in
San Jose, Antique, in central Philippines. She is the eldest among six
Amor admitted that Teacher Education was not her first choice for a
profession but had no other option. After stopping for two years due to
financial problems, she went back to college and finished her degree in
2002. Unfortunately, like most of her batchmates, she flunked the LET the
following year. This August, it will be her third take for the LET.
"Most of my batchmates became idle after graduation,” Amor said. “Most
can't teach because they are yet to pass the LET. But even LET passers
become idle because there are no vacancies."
One major reason why
most of her classmates and the previous batches who passed the LET could
not teach is the long process of employment as well as low salary and poor
Years of waiting
"We all have to wait
for another teacher to retire or die just to land in a teaching job,” she
lamented. “The waiting may take years."
Amor revealed that a qualified teacher needs a padrino (a sponsor, usually
an influential person or politician) to back her teaching application even
as volunteer teacher. Many volunteer teachers are usually sent to remote
and mountainous areas without any pay.
"Either you become idle and eventually end up as a housewife or you find
other jobs, even as a maid, to sustain yourself and your family," she
Amor herself worked as a housemaid in Manila to finance her college
education. After earning her degree, she ended up back in the same job.
"I tried to work for fastfood chains but they (owners) always turn me down
because I'm a Teacher Education graduate. They say I'm overqualified for a
service crew job. Some of my classmates and others from the previous
batches were lucky - they were hired as salesladies in department stores
here," she explained.
But for most of them, she said, the only option left is to work as a
househelp. "I had to work to support the studies of my younger sisters,
even if it would mean working as a maid. Some of my batchmates who even
passed the LET also work as maids."
This is the reason, Amor said, why the future for most teachers is
uncertain. "Even if I finally pass the LET this year, there are no
teaching jobs available,” she said. “Besides, a teacher's salary can
barely sustain a person, much more a family. I wanted to go abroad but we
have no money for that." Bulatlat
Maids Work to Teach,
Teachers Work as Maids
(First of three parts)
Education: A Low
(Last of 3 parts)
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