Education office sets October exams for school heads

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Sunday said it will hold a National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) on October 30 to improve the quality of basic education at the grassroots level.

“The examination shall serve as a mechanism for selecting competent school heads in the public education sector, who will perform their functions upon assumption of duty,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.

NQESH is open to all aspirants for Principal 1 position or those who have five years experience in the aggregate as Head Teacher, Teacher-In-Charge, Master Teacher and Teachers III.


The exams, according to Luistro, will cover areas such as School and Instructional Leadership, Creating a Learning Climate, Professional Human Resource Development, Parent Involvement in Building Communities, School Management and Daily Operations, Personal Integrity and Interpersonal Sensitivity, English Language Proficiency and Reading Comprehension.

To facilitate the exam’s success, the DepEd said it will set up testing centers at the La Union National High School, San Fernando City, La Union (for Region 1); Cagayan National High School, Tuguegarao City (Region 2); Angeles Central Elementary School, San Fernando, Angeles City, Pampanga (Region 3); Tabaco National High School, Tabaco City, Albay (Region 5); Iloilo National High School and Negros Occidental National High School in Iloilo and Bacolod cities (Region 6); Abellana National High School, Cebu City (Region 7); Leyte National High School, Tacloban City (Region 8); Zamboanga City National High School, Zamboanga City (Region 9); Cagayan De Oro City High School (Region 10); Davao City National High School (Region 11); Koronadal High School, Koronadal, South Cotabato (Region 12); San Francisco High School, NCR (Misamis St. Bago Bantay, Quezon City) and Baguio City National High School for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Luistro said they are still looking for testing sites in Region 4-A (Calabarzon) and Region IV-B (Mimaropa).

Earlier this year, the DepEd admitted that less than 10 percent of aspirants for the school principal position managed to hurdle the qualifying examinations in 2010.

Luistro said only 924 examinees of the 9,778 who took the 2010 NQEP administered last January passed the examination.

“Given the cut-off score of 90 percentile, a total of 924 test takers or examinees hurdled the said examination, representing approximately 9.5 percent of the total aspirants,” he said.

Despite the low number of passers, the education department said they were able to bring down the number of schools without principals over the past four years from 26,282 in 2006 to 22,803 in 2007. In 2008, the department said it was able to fill up 4,668 principal position across the country and an additional 1,909 posts in 2009.

Before 2006, about 58 percent of the total number of public schools in the country are classified as “headless”, as they were under the care of Teachers-In-Charge (TIC) rather than principals, hampering the full implementation of the DepEd’s School Based Management program and the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (Besra), which are designed to effect reform measures at the grassroots level.

Education experts said a key to a successful SBM and Besra implementation is the presence of an official school head (principal) that would guide the school toward continuous improvement. (AH/Sunnex)

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