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The Schools’ First Initiative is the flagship program of the Department of Education that attempts to significantly enhance our efforts at improving the quality of education in our country WHAT IS SCHOOLS’ FIRST?

Crisis in Education : 

This crisis situation is rooted on the fact that we are not spending enough for education, leading to shortages in classrooms, teachers and textbooks that contribute to the overall mediocrity in the performance of our schools and our students (Source: Secretary of Education, Florencio B. Abad) Crisis in Education

Objectives : 

improve the quality of education outcomes in the country based on three performance indicators: participation, completion and achievement as a reform package, Schools First has three components: Enhancement of Learning More Resources for Learning Focused Organization for Learning— under which are efforts designed to meet our strategic objective of enabling all Filipinos to acquire Basic Education competencies. Objectives


SURFACE SYMPTOMS RESOURCE GAPS FY 2005 @1:45 Classrooms 57,930 Seats 2.24M Textbooks 7.8M Teacher Items 20,874 COUNTRY SPENDING ON EDUCATION United States US$ 2,240 per student New Zealand US$ 2,240 per student Thailand US$ 950 per student Philippines US$ 114 per student SOURCE: SCHOOLS FIRST INITIATIVE PRIMER WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR SCHOOLS FIRST?

Poor System-wide Performance : 

As the size of the student population increases each year, the pattern of poor outcomes has remained stagnant for more than thirty years. SOURCE: SCHOOLS FIRST INITIATIVE PRIMER Poor System-wide Performance

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in the Trends in International Math and Science Study, we placed 36th out of 38 countries in the Self-Assessment Test for English, we learned that 80% of our public school teachers have inadequate proficiency of the English language. SOURCE: SCHOOLS FIRST INITIATIVE PRIMER

The SFI Package : 

As a reform package, the Schools First Initiative has three key components, namely: Enhancement of Learning More Resources for Learning Focused Organization for Learning The SFI Package

Enhancement of Learning : 

1. ECCD. Development of early childhood education standards linked to national co-financing of local daycare and preschool programs; 2. Reading Proficiency. Development of reading standards, improvement of teacher proficiency in teaching beginner reading, and the creation of library hubs; Enhancement of Learning

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3. English Proficiency. Improvement of teacher hiring standards and in-service interventions for non-proficient teachers; 4. Math and Science. Improvement of Math and Science learning in Basic Education; 5. Muslim Filipinos. Promotion of Madrasah programs in Basic Education; 6. Indigenous Peoples. Promotion of Indigenous Peoples programs in Basic Education;

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7. High Schools. Improvement of High School programs, including Bridge to high school, Science & Technology high schools, and Technical-Vocational Track in high school; 8. Teacher Preparation. Improvement of pre-service programs, induction, and in-service training; 9. Student Assessment. Improvement of national achievement tests in elementary and secondary levels and development of division-based testing for instructional improvement;

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10. ICT in Education. Promotion of ICT for teaching and learning in all high schools (e.g., DepEd-GILAS/US-AID Program); 11. Values Formation. Promotion of Values Education; and 12. Distance Learning. Development of Distance Learning programs for conflict-affected areas.

More Resources for Learning : 

The second component of the SFI Package focuses on the improvement of resource generation and resource management. As such, this component aims to achieve the following objectives: More Resources for Learning

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1. Multi-Year Spending Framework. Development of a comprehensive multi-year country spending framework for Basic Education for all financing sources for 2006 to 2010; 2. Medium-Term Reform Program. Development of a medium-term reform program backed by loan financed budget support linked to policy reforms starting 2006;

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3. Better Use of Available Resources. Improvement in teachers hiring, improvement in the management of MOOE at the division and school levels, more effective SEF spending, increase in private sector participation through GASTPE, intensive use of school buildings (e.g., two-shift arrangement), promotion of privately-financed education, and promotion of LGU delivery of government-financed ECCD and ALS programs;

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MOOE/SEF MOOE stands for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures, this represents recurrent expenses for travel communications, maintenance and repair, rents, electricity and other expenses of the school. SEF stands for Special Education Funds, this represents local government funds intended for education.

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4. Mobilization of New Domestic Resources. Increase in SEF collections, increase in use of community assets for Basic Education (e.g., Brigada Eskuwela), and increase in private and non-government contributions to Basic Education; 5. Grant-Financed Projects. Development of framework for mobilization of grant-financed projects with outputs linked to mainstream policies and programs

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BRIGADA ESKWELA Brigada Eskwela is the National School Maintenance Week, a yearly project that encourages parents, local civic organizations, church groups, barangay councils and concerned individuals in the community to volunteer financial, material and human resources for the minor repair and maintenance of school facilities. This community effort is done nationwide in the month of May, in time for the opening of classes in June

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6. Convergence. Participation in human development services convergence programs with other national government agencies, particularly in those that address the non-education factors that affect educational outcomes (e.g. Food-for-School and School-Feeding programs). FOOD-FOR-SCHOOL/ SCHOOL FEEDING School feeding programs are common strategy to improve children’s health, a key issue in school attendance, retention and performance especially in indigent communities. The Milk Feeding Project is implemented to develop the children’s milk drinking habit while the Breakfast Feeding Project is a response to the elimination of short-term hunger.

Focused Organization for Learning : 

The third component of the SFI Package focuses on the improvement of the education bureaucracy. As such, this component aims to achieve the following objectives: Focused Organization for Learning

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1. Schools and DepEd Division Offices. Promotion of school-based management and enhancement of Division Offices powers and responsibilities for Basic Education delivery; 2. DepEd Regional Offices. Shift in focus of Regional Offices to standards enforcement and quality assurance at divisional level; 3. DepEd Central Office. Shift in focus of Central Office to policy, strategic direction, standards and outcomes specification; 4) Rationalization. Implementation of DepEd reorganization with organizational structures and staffing rationalized according to functional focus;

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5. Decentralization. Acceleration of decentralization at the division, provincial and city levels (decentralization calibrated in scope and degree of autonomy based on readiness and performance); and 6. Leadership Development. Development of principals, superintendents and educational administration specialists under these new conditions.

Actions at the School Level : 

Schools First requires every school to move towards a community-based governance model. As such, the ultimate goal here is to establish a community-based School Governing Council in every school. Actions at the School Level

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Stage 1. School Head engages with stakeholders in school improvement planning. Stage 2. School Head involves existing organizations like the PTCA in school improvement. Stage 3. School Head joins a group of people from among stakeholders who together embody leadership for school improvement. Stage 4. School Head and group create a School Governing Council to direct school improvement.

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School Governing Council The School Governing Council is the embodiment of local governance of education. It is therefore an essential component of the Schools First Initiative. The establishment of School Governing Councils in all of our public schools is therefore high on our reform agenda. As a governing body, the Council shall serve as the policymaking authority of the school. While the day-to-day operations of the school shall still be managed by the principal or school head, the Council has overall authority over the operation and direction of the school. The principal, as chief executive of the school, shall in fact be accountable to the Council. Based on their School Improvement Plan, the principal and his staff shall execute a performance contract with the Council.

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“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” -Peter F. Drucker

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