good day po.ano pong disadvantages kapag repeater ka?di na po ba pd maging topnotcher?or nagrereflect ba sa license yun?pls enlighten us for those who have same concerns.tnx po. —Jason
Hi Jason, good question!
The reason of finding out whether Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) takers are repeaters or first-timers is not to discriminate but to actually help both schools and student. How you may ask?
Teacher Education Institutions (TEI) Quality
PRC asks applicants if they are repeaters or first-timers as part of their information gathering and evaluation of Philippine Teacher Education Institutions (TEI).
If you’ll notice during LET results, information on schools’ overall performance are always included in PRC’s press release. This is one of PRC’s ways to keep track of the quality of colleges’ and universities’ Education programs and departments. A high passing rate on “first-timers” would likely mean that the school provides its students with a solid education foundation, vs other schools who got low passing rates.. etc.
Secondly, for students knowing whether you’re a repeater or first-timer simply means more ease of documentation at PRC. If you are a repeater, it means that you have previously applied for the exam, and is therefore already profiled in PRC’s database. To avoid duplicates of profiles and unnecessary verification and hassles at PRC, it’s important to truthfully document whether you are a repeater or not.
If you think about it this way, declaring if you are a repeater or not is actually a “win-win” situation for students:
- Students help PRC in pointing out where their schools can and should do better; therefore the school should increase their standards.
- Coaches from LET review centers will be able to craft better and more detailed programs for their reviewees, so the student will be challenged differently and mistakes won’t be repeated anymore.
Finally you’ll be pleased to know that in the end, the teaching license does not discriminate whether you are a repeater or not. Once you get that license, you are officially a teacher! You worked for it, you learned from the “experience” whether repeater or not.. PRC has given you the blessing that you are ready to teach. Be proud and carry the torch with responsibility!
The LET Topnotcher
As for being a topnotcher—this is essentially “cherry” on top of a teachers’ career. It’s an official distinction awarded by PRC that one can carries with pride and responsibility.
On the “outside”
Being a topnotcher allows someone to immediately stand out among regular LET-passers. Topnotchers use this title to their own advantages, such as when applying for a promotion, getting hired to join their dream faculty, or even in setting up an education business.
Being a topnotcher turns heads and opens opportunities that are not available to everyone. For example in MindGym, our LET topnotchers and high-raters are invited to speak or lecture because they have external and obvious “proof” already that they understand concepts well enough to teach, or worked hard enough for it.
Topnotchers carry their titles with greater responsibility as well. Since they got higher rankings than most LET-takers, employers would in turn have stricter and higher expectations from them.
However not just because one is a topnotcher does it mean that it’s all red carpets and career fast-tracking. As with everyone else, they still need to “own it” and walk the talk: they still hunt for jobs and projects themselves, do teaching demos, face grueling panel interviews, etc.
On the “inside”
Every single one of our LET topnotchers said that they did it to prove to themselves that they are capable of achieving big things.
Being a topnotcher is a goal they set and worked hard on their own. As Coach Albert puts it, it’s a “selfish goal”. But if you think about it, just as with airplane flight safety: how can you help others if you haven’t helped yourself yet?
Topnotchers often have bigger, encompassing goals in life. Their LET journey and getting to know themselves in the process is but one important step towards their dreams or supporting something they believe in. Getting “hired” because of it or being the pride of the school/family are just extras 🙂
If you’d like to get to know more of how the “topnotcher mind” runs, we highly encourage you to get our Warm-Ups LETers’ Choice Book or read the articles they’ve written themselves:
- The Things I Did to TOP the LET — by Jade Leonor, Top 2, 2013 September
- A Call for Courage — by Jade Leonor, Top 2, 2013 September
- Looking Beyond the LET — by Aileen Dacasin, Top 1, 2013 March
- National transformation through a new breed of teachers — by Conrad Sotelo, Top 2, 2013 March
- Lost and Found — by Josephus Bumaat, Top 4, 2012 September LET
- On Winning the LET Battle — by Joanne Mejia, Top 10, 2012 March
- A Challenge to New Teachers and the Government — by MJ Pagaduan, Top 2, 2012 March
- Claim victory but remain teachable — by Patricia Jhoanna Caguin-del Rosario, Top 10, September 2011
- No “what ifs”and “if onlys” — by Dy-an Angco, Top 6 September 2011
Other inspiring stories
Finally we have a special letter for LET repeaters as well 🙂
We hope that this helps and inspires all LET reviewees out there! What other perks or insights can you share?