"EVERYBODY can be a teacher but not everybody can become an administrator." While it is true that schools can run without principals, teachers will be at lost without an instructional leader who can organize them, their work, actions and assort their capabilities to the best interest of their teaching.
Both the teachers and their administrators have duties and responsibilities of their own, the greater bulk of these lie on the shoulders of the administrators. It is the principal who worked ahead in planning, budgeting, organizing, and putting into action the prescribed activities in the curriculum in a school calendar. This action plan cascades down to the teachers to implement for the best benefit of the school and its clientele, the school children.
The administrators are the direct bridge or link between the school and the community; between the community and government; and government and the school. It is the school's proper linkages that help the school to put up its priority projects for the good of his staff, school and pupil population. His direct meditation between these institutions can spell success for his school if channeled properly.
The basic function of an administrator is basic management and to provide the public a free, unbiased and affordable education to its clientele. He should have a sound and balanced decision making to insure that all concerned will extend their cooperation in the delivery of fast and efficient educational services to its stakeholders for the implementation of Republic Act 9155(Basic Education Curriculum Act) or BEC.
Functions, responsibilities and accountabilities of school heads were set to define and provide guidelines for the development of a competent and competitive institutional learning center. School supervisors are tasked to:
- set the school mission, vision, goal and target;
- develop and implement School improvement Plan (SIP) and the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) with the School operating Budget aligned with the DEBP
organize School Government Council (SGC) or School Advisory Council (SAC);
- mobilize school participation of community and stakeholders;
encourage his faculty to seek professional growth and devise innovative modules and implement in-service trainings (InSeT) and school learning action cells (SLAC);
- manage Basic Education Information System;
- prepare School Report Card; and
- administer and manage all personnel, physical and fiscal resources of the school.
So, if classroom teachers aspire to become school administrator, they not only aspire for promotion and monetary satisfaction but for more complex and demanding responsibilities and accountabilities. Now, if all school heads are all pushing and gearing to improve their craft then we are on the right track on setting and achieving the high standards of our education system!
Rodolfo S. Sibug Jr.
Head Teacher I
Cuayan Bugtong Elementary School
Candaba East District