- A high school dropout topped the recent Licensure Exam for Teachers in the secondary level
- Michael Prince del Rosario took DepEd’s Alternative Learning System before going to college
- He plans to teach in a public high school in the province to inspire his students with his story
A high school dropout who was once addicted to video games overcame all odds and is now the latest topnotcher in the most recent Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) in the secondary level.
Michael Prince del Rosario, who graduated from Lorma College in San Fernando, La Union, scored a 92 in the recent LET, and was ranked first among over 18,000 passers who took the LET last March.
Del Rosario admits that he had to quit school before due to his addiction to video games.
“Hindi po ako grumaduate ng valedictorian, hindi nga po ako grumaduate ng high school. Hindi na po talaga ako pumapasok, sobrang lala po ng ka-addict-an to the point na wala na po. Nag-drop-out ako tapos ang masama pa niyan hindi ko kayang sabihin kina Mama, tinago ko po muna. [I did not graduate valedictorian. I didn’t even graduate from high school. I really did not go to school because my addiction was so severe that it was hopeless. I dropped out and what was worse, I could not tell it to Mama so I hid it for a while],” he told ABS-CBN News.
His addiction was so severe that even after quitting school, he would still claim his allowance from his parents who did not know he was no longer attending classes but instead was spending hours at a computer rental shop.
However, after seeing his former classmates finishing their studies and planning for college, del Rosario had a turnaround and decided to enroll in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program of the Department of Education (DepEd). After completing the required modules under the ALS, he passed the qualification exam that allowed him to receive an equivalent diploma and proceed to college.
He went to land in eighth place in the board exams for nurses before he took the LET.
Now, del Rosario plans to teach science in a public high school in the province so he can inspire students with his story.
“Para marami ring maging katulad ko na noong una nadapa, noong una nagkamali, noong una parang wala nang pupuntahan, pero nakakabangon at nakakabangon basta may pangarap. [So that there will be many more like me who at first may fall down, who at first may commit mistakes, who at first may have no direction in life, but will be able to rise up and rise again as long as they have dreams],” he said.