- An overseas Filipino worker got the highest score at the special licensure exam for elementary teachers in the Middle East
- Only 6 passed the test out of 179 takers
- The special exam is administered by the Philippine Embassy as part of the reintegration program for OFWs
Devy Anna Exiomo topped the 2017 Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE) for Professional Teachers for Elementary given last September 2 in the whole Middle East.
The passing rate this year is only 3.35%, with only 6 out of 179 passing.
Exiomo has been a caregiver in Israel since 2015. She is the only passer in Israel.
She graduated from the Central Institute of Technology in Paniqui, Tarlac.
The other five passers are:
- Maria Teresa Parcon Dagooc
- Kris Angelie Juarez Dela Roca
- Maria Louella Paulette Atayde Ferrer
- Wendy Magno Gamboa
- Hazel Patillas Sale
The exam is part of the Department of Labor and Employment's program to reintegrate OFWs when they return to the Philippines.
The program, titled "Sa 'Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma'am at Sir", hopes to help returning OFWs find job opportunities as teachers. It is open to all OFWs in the Middle East with 5-year contracts as caregivers.