300 Filipinas Pass Special Teachers Board in Hong Kong
Three-hundred Filipina teachers currently working as household service workers (HSWs) in Hong Kong passed a special licensure examination overseen by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in the former British Colony.
Labor Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido said these HSWs now have the option to return to the Philippines to work as licensed educators while adding that similar board examinations for teachers will be organized for overseas Filipino workers based in Dubai, Singapore and Taiwan.
There are around 40,000 available teaching slots in various schools nationwide for the newly-licensed Filipino teachers in Hong Kong.
“We don’t know yet how many of them will accept our offer, but what the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) is giving them is the genuine option to go back and practice their profession,” he said while making assurance that teachers working as HSWs will be given priority to fulfill their chosen profession following the implementation of the K to 12 educational system.
Traditionally, Filipino teachers choose to work as domestic workers abroad amid low chances of landing their desired education jobs and higher wages on offer for household workers.