Teacher Education Council
The Teacher Education Council is primarily responsible for the formulation of policies that shall improve the standards and system of teacher education, plus a periodic review of said programs. It was created by the enactment of RA 7784 on August 4, 1994 as a way to bridge the gap between teacher education and the main employer of teachers, the Department of Education.
The TEC is composed of eleven members, with four member serving in an ex-officio capacity and the remaining seven to be appointed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
The four ex-officio members are the:
- Secretary of the Department of Education (ex-officio chairman)
- A commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
- A representative of the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCAA)
- And the Chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
The seven appointed members are:
- One representative of each teacher education center from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
- One representative of Language teachers
- One representative of Science teachers
- One representative of Social Studies teachers
- And one representative of Mathematics teachers.
All regular Council members will hold office for 3 years. Other officers of the Council shall be selected from the regular members. The members of the Council shall serve without any compensation but shall be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in the execution of their duties.
The Council shall meet at least four times a year and hold meetings at the call of the chairman or majority of the members.
The Council shall organize and appoint a Secretariat that shall assist the Council in executing its policies and programs and provide the necessary administrative support. It shall be headed by an Executive Director.
- Provide the necessary assistance and administrative support to the Council in executing its policies and programs.
- Coordinating with the various Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) advisory bodies for the implementation of the Council policies and programs; plus updating the TEC on the activities of the teacher education advisory bodies and performance of the TEIs.
- Administer the day-to-day activities of the Teacher Education Council including the organization of the Annual Convention of Centers of Excellence, monitoring and evaluation of Centers of Excellence, and others;
- The development and maintenance of the nationwide Teacher Education Management Information System that will be used by the TEC as basis for the formulation of policies.
Strengthening the TEC
During the 14th Congress, several measures have been proposed to institutionalize a government-funded program for the continuing education of teachers, and sanctions for those who fail to complete the program. Since the creation of a new program would only create an additional expense for the government, a House Resolution was soon adopted that sought to strengthen the TEC rather than creating another program for teacher education. As then committee secretary Beatriz Sanga explained, the TEC was able to effectively perform its mandate and functions despite limited financial resources. Beatriz Torino, TEC Executive Director, further explained that only P15 million of the P100 million alloted to the TEC was released during its first year, and that the Council is still able to perform its mandate through the annual P5.5million appropriated from the DepEd budget.
- Jesli A. Lapus - Secretary, Department of Education
- Ester A. Garcia - Chairperson, Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
- Antonieta Fortuna-Ibe - Chairperson, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
- Evelyn M. Pantig - Chairperson, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
- Rosita L. Navarro, Luzon Representative
- Nilo E. Colinares, Visayas Representative
- Teresita T. Tumapon, Mindanao Representative
Teacher Group Representatives
- Grace Estela C. Mateo, Social Studies
- Jean B. Borlagdan, Language
- Aurora A. Franco, Science
- Pricila C. De Sagun, Mathematics
- Beatriz G. Torino - Executive Director II
- Llova O. Balanon - Education Program Specialist II
- Manuel A. Valientes - Administrative Officer I
- Lemuel C. Valles - Clerk II
- Jun M. Garcia - REMO III
- Teacher Education Council - Department of Education
- Teacher Education Council sought to be strengthened - House of Representatives: 14th Congress Committee News