LET passer’s fate rests on court’s decision

DESPITE passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) three years ago, former radio reporter Russel Martin Fullozos has yet to receive his license from the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Fullozos, who took his Diploma in Professional Education (DPE) at the Mandaue City College of school president Paulus Cañete, blames the ongoing court battle between his school and that of PRC.

Aside from him, the licenses of six other LET passers from Cañete’s MCC are also in limbo.

Fullozos told Sun.Star Cebu that the preliminary injunction case that they filed against PRC back in 2011 remains unresolved. The case is still being tackled before the sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Soliver Peras.

The case came after PRC Chairman Teresita Manzala issued an order not to allow education graduates from Cañete’s MCC to take the LET.

Manzala’s order was in support of a similar directive issued by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched), who declared that Cañete’s MCC is not authorized to teach board courses.

But while Fullozos and his fellow LET takers from MCC were able to secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) from Peras, their problem didn’t stop there.

Outside Cebu

Canete, in a separate interview, revealed that majority of his graduates had to take the LET exams outside of Cebu due to the ongoing case against the PRC.

He said that for DPE graduates like Fullozos, passing the exams and getting their licenses is never a problem as they can always use the name of their original schools once they applied for it at the PRC.

But for graduates of Elementary and Secondary Education courses in his college, PRC remains adamant not to allow them to take the LET.

Due to this, Canete continued to file cases against the PRC and Ched for disallowing his students from taking the LET and allowing them to become professional teachers.

Cases

Lawyer Dan Malayang, PRC 7 acting regional director, said their agency’s woes against Cañete and MCC had reached places outside of Cebu.

Malayang said that just before Typhoon Yolanda hit the country last year, Cañete filed a case against the PRC office in Tacloban City after 17 of his graduates were prevented from taking the LET there.

Like what happened in Cebu, Cañete was able to secure a TRO for the 17 graduates. But once they passed the LET, they will never get their licenses, Malayang said.

Every year, the PRC watches out for students from schools who are not accredited by Ched such as MCC.

“Whenever we encounter a graduate from MCC or from non-accredited schools that will apply for the LET, we actually explain to him or her of the situation and even return his or her examination fee,” he said.

But Malayang said that even though graduates from Cañete’s MCC are not allowed to take the LET, it doesn’t mean that they are truly banned from taking it.

Malayang said that for MCC graduates who want to take the LET, they must enroll in Ched-accredited schools and take a Teacher Certificate Program, which is equivalent to 18 units.

But for Fullozos, he still continues to be loyal to Cañete and to MCC despite the legal troubles that hound them over the years.

While he is the only one left of the seven LET passers from MCC that continue to represent the case, Fullozos remains confident that justice will eventually swing its way to them.

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