Pasig City – The Department of Education (DepEd) recently revised the guidelines in the selection, promotion and designation of school principals in public schools.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus disclosed that the revised guidelines would require candidates for principal position at least five years experience in the aggregate as head teacher, teacher-in–charge, master teacher and teacher III.

Likewise, the prospective school heads must possess the following: education leadership which is the ability to craft and pursue a shared school vision and mission, as well as develop and implement curriculum policies, programs and projects.

The guidelines also provides that candidates must have people leadership which is the ability to work and develop effective relationships with stakeholders and exert a positive influence upon people; and strategic leadership which is the ability to explore complex issues from a global perspective, manage an educational enterprise and maximize the use of resources.

Lapus said the principal positions to all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide shall be open to all qualified candidates from within and outside the division where there are vacancies.

Records showed that there are over 1,000 new items for school principals from 2007 to 2008 made available for application.

This is in addition to the nearly 1,000 new principals that were filled up in 2006 after records showed that about 60 percent of all public schools nationwide were previously without principal items.

Lapus said the revision of the guidelines only proved that DepEd recognized the importance of filling the vacancies in principal position as well as acknowledging that school principals are crucial resource to provide instructional leadership and overall management direction.

Meanwhile, the DepEd bared that some 10,000 schools benefited from various program for reforms and improvement implemented by the education department in 2007 that led to the achievement of higher levels of performance of the public education sector.

Lapus added that another 4,600 schools have benefited in 2006 after the DepEd provided these public schools with new resources that help improve learning and access to learning among students.

Likewise, these public schools were also provided with supplemental budget to support the development of the students thru the co-curricular activities and special curricular offerings.

These schools are mostly at the secondary level that specialized in Science, Math, Arts, Sports, Special Education and Technical-Vocational education.

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