A 60% passing grade is required for certification.
In March, the DOST certifiers will administer written and practical examinations on PCOS operation to 160,000 teachers the day after their BEI training.
Passers will be certified right after the exam, and will be assigned to each of the 76,340 clustered precincts, where there should be at least one certified IT-capable member of the BEI.
“If they (teachers) fail the written exam, they will still be allowed to proceed to the practical. If they pass the practical, we will give them another chance at the written,” Dela Peña said.
Dunn Celestian, a computer programmer at the DOST central office, said he expects many teachers to pass the certification exam, as long as they openly embrace the new system. “Dapat, open sila sa changes na nangyari. Dapat, meron din silang kahit konting kaalaman lang sa IT,” he said, adding that operating the poll machines is very easy.