MANILA, Philippines – Teachers who graduated as science scholars are now the priority of public schools nationwide, as ordered by the Department of Education (DepEd).
DepEd has issued Memorandum No. 55 series of 2012, which requires public schools to give priority to Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) scholars when hiring high school teachers.
In a statement, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said there is currently a need for more science and math public school teachers in the country.
“Our eyes are set on them because they have the proper training and are better equipped to teach the sciences – a very critical input for our students,” Luistro said.
“Of course, they should have passed first the licensure examination for teachers within the year,” he added.
DepEd said some 143 graduate scholars of DOST-SEI are available for hiring this coming school year. These graduates majored in physics, physical science, chemistry and mathematics from state colleges and universities across the country.
The agency said DOST-SEI scholars are required to teach in public secondary schools in their home region for a period equivalent to the number of years they availed of the scholarship.