The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional office and Council of Administrators and Deans for Teacher Education Colleges (CADTEC) had entrusted to the College of Education of HNU the task to spearhead the First Student Teachers' Congress in Bohol. The plan to hold the said Congress came as a response to requests to hold such congress after a big number of students teachers failed to attend the Congress in Cebu last January 2009 due to bad weather.
The Congress which reeled off with the theme Revising the national Competency-Based Teacher Standards (NCBTS) was held at the Nursing Skills Laboratory of the HNU-Freinademetz Building last March 23, 2009. The congress was well attended by both student teachers and faculty of the institutions offering teacher education: namely, Mater Dei College; Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology (CVSCAFT) Systems; University of Bohol; Butuan College; Bohol Wisdom School and the host school-HNU.
Fr. Francisco Estepa, the HNU President, welcomes the participants and Dr. Merlea cabalquinto, former Dean of the Teacher Education of the Cebu Normal University gave the keynote. A highly competent pool of experts took turns in expounding topics concerning teacher education: The Learning Environment and the Learner by Professor Judith Dabon, Dean of St. Theresa's College-Cebu; the Curriculum by Dr. Nenita Lapingcao, PAFTE VII President; and Institutional Planning, Assessing and Reporting by Dr. Orlando Magno, faculty of the of the University of Cebu.
Dr. Guadalupe Saturinas, HNU-COED Dean, formally closed the congress. Dr. Roque Bongcac, COED Academic Chair, served as emcee and facilitator.