Under Republic Act No. 11168, graduates of home economics will be required to take the Licensure Examination for Teacher within five years from hiring.
Those willing to teach on a part-time basis, however, will not be required to take such test.
“It is the policy of the State, as enshrined in the ‘Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013,’ to allow graduates and specialists on specific fields that have limited licensed teacher applicants to teach in their specialized subjects for the basic education levels,” the law read.
“The State recognizes the invaluable contribution that Filipino professionals and specialists, particularly degree holders of home economics can make to the realization of a literate, skilled and productive citizenry,” it added.
The law, signed by the President last January 3, stated that the home economic graduates will also be permitted to teach home economics-related technical vocational subjects in public and private schools.
They must have obtained however a National Certificate Level 1 and National Certificate Level 2 from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) before they can teach in secondary schools.
RA 11168 also mandated the Department of Education and the Civil Service Commission, in consultation with the TESDSA, to formulate the standards and guidelines including the requirements to assess the qualifications of home economics for the tech-voc subjects.
“Home Economics as a profession shall be represented in the Teacher Education Council,” the law said.
The Education Secretary, in consultation with the Commission on Higher Education chairman, TESDA Director General, and Professional Regulation Commission chair, have also been directed to promulgate the rules and regulations for
the implementation of the law.
The new law takes effect 15 day after publication in two newspapers.