When Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the Visayan region on November 8, 2013, the residents of the Municipality of Batad, Iloilo are among those that had to contend with the aftermath. Apart from displaced families, damaged properties, farmlands and buildings, many public elementary schools were practically rendered useless even as temporary evacuation centers.
Jesse Robredo’s Governance in Education
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo changed mindset, processes and values in the way public education is delivered. He made the system “bottom-up, transparent and participatory”. He emphasized the importance of measuring performance so that schools and public officials can be accountable to the people. He “Reinvented Local School Boards”, expanded their functions, and broadened their membership. He believed that people should be consulted on how budget should be spent. He exacted efficiency and honesty in public spending. He held school summits shocking parents on the poor learning performance of children. At the same time, he challenged them to work with him in providing them with the best education.
Teamwork Makes the School System Strong - Usec Lino
A school is not a one-man team, according to DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera as he urged school heads to work together with other stakeholders for the betterment of education in the Philippines.
Not Innovations for One but Continuous Improvement for All
All the pilots that the Department of Education has initiated are done, according to Undersecretary Lino Rivera as he encouraged principals to exercise good judgement in managing their schools. “I am not looking for breakthrough innovations that only one school can apply. What I’m after are improvements, continuous improvements that will benefit not just a few but all our schools.”
Make Learning Fun and Suited to the New Generation
Today’s children have different exposures than previous generations. Hence, their behaviour and way of thinking are different. This is the observation of DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera that he shared to school principals in January during Synergeia Foundation’s workshop. “We must focus our attention on our learners. We can’t assume that they are the same as when we were learners.
An Effective School Protects Class Time
There are only two factors that define high-performing schools, according to Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, the leadership of the principal and the participation of the community.
USec Lino to School Heads: Make Simpler SIPs to Get Things Done
Principals are encouraged to come up with simpler School Improvement Plans that can effectively address problems in their own schools. Department of Education Undersecretary Lino Rivera made the appeal during Synergeia’s School Governance Workshop in January.