Only 25% of the teacher and director candidates passed the Minerd tests
SANTO DOMINGO. Only 25.77% of the education licentiates who applied for the openings for teachers, directors and deputy directors of schools passed the tests that were given through the Teacher Competition convened by the Ministry of Education (Minerd) last year and whose last stage concluded in January.
This percentage is equal to 4,212 professionals out of a total of 16,340 that took part in the exam process prepared by the Ministry all over the country. The results were presented yesterday by the Minister, Carlos Amarante Baret, who then handed copies to the president of the Association of Dominican Teachers (ADP), Eduardo Hidalgo, and the Minister of Higher Education, Ligia Amada Melo, in order for them to make the necessary adjustments.
The minister announced that the next examinations will be in June.
The candidates for teaching positions in the public sector were tested on logical reasoning and on content. Now, in order to enter the teaching career, they will have to wait for the openings that appear at the Ministry. In this line, Amarante Baret made it clear that the first to be hired will be those with the best performance in the tests. The majority of those taking part in the process were women (83%). Nonetheless, the men achieved a higher pass rate with 72%.
The Minister of Higher Education said that these low pass levels are the result of the degree of incoherency that existed between the actors in the system of teacher training. She predicted that starting now, the results of the tests will be different, since they have adjusted the profile of the teacher that education requires with the university curriculum.
Of the 25 universities and centers for higher studies that train teachers, the Salome Ureña Institute of Teacher Training (Infodosu) obtained the best results, with a pass rate of its graduates of 88%. Then came the Fernando Arturo Meriño Agro-forestry University (USFAM) that achieved 84%. In third place was the Central Cibao Technological Institute (ITECO), with 73%, followed by the Catholic Technological University of the Cibao (Ucateci) with 68%. The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) was the school with the most candidates and 68% of them passed the tests.
The worst pass rate was from the Technological University of the South (Utesur) with barely 36% of the students passing the tests.
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