Friday, October 11, 2013

Topics and References that may help you in passing the NQESH-Principals' Test on December 8, 2013

Again, here are the following topics/references that will be helpful for you to pass the NQESH-Principals' Test

1. DECS Manual (very important to have a copy of this)
2. RA 9155 - "Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001"
3. RA 4670 - "Magna Carta for Public School Teachers"
4. EFA - Education for All
5. BESRA - Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda
6. EMIS/BEIS - Basic Education Information System
7. K to 12
8. Writing Correspondence
10. Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers
11. Grammar and Vocabulary (Identifying Errors etc...)
12. Reading Comprehension
13. Performance Based Bonus and other current issues
14. DepEd Order (you may browse website of Deped)

Sample of DepEd order that you may review
-Anti Bullying
- Deped Mission and Vision

Good Luck
NQESH (National Qualifying Examination for School Heads)
Examination Date: December 8, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NQESH Reviewer: Instructional Leadership




Principal should have a knowledge on the following:

a.       Curriculum Development
b.      Instructional Development
c.       Curriculum Content
d.      Teaching Strategies/style/approach
e.      Test Construction
f.        Current Innovations
g.       Management of Educational Programs
h.      Program Planning
i.         Measurement and Evaluation
j.        Making Feedback
k.       Management of Stress

Principal should have a skill on the following:

a.       Listening
b.      Encouraging
c.       Problem Solving
d.      Directing
e.      Reinforcing
f.        Negotiating
g.       Standardizing
h.      Clarifying
i.         Reflecting

Mentoring is the process in which experienced teachers guide the young and new teachers in their career.

Action Research studies the actions or activities experienced by the teachers and administrators in a form of inquiry which aimed to solve specific problem in the school. It means that it is valid iun a particular place.

NQESH Reviewer: Writing and Answering Correspondence

An ORDER (DedEd/Regional/Division/District/School Order) issued as needed for the announcements of policies and guidelines which is permanent in nature unless it is amended.
A MEMORANDA (DedEd/Regional/Division/District/School Memo) is issued if you need to disseminate instructions and information which is temporary in nature
Visit DepEd Website for the Sample of Memorandum and Order and how are you going to write it properly.

Proper way to write endorsement
If you will send endorsement to a higher rank use “RESPECTFULLY FORWARDED TO”
If you will send endorsement to an equal rank use “RESPECTFULLY TRANSMITTED TO”
If you will send endorsement to a subordinate use “RESPECTFULLY REFERRED TO”

See sample endorsements in your office.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

NQESH Reviewer: Fiscal Management (Rules and Budget Preparation)

FISCAL MANAGEMENT (Rules and Budget Preparation)

School Based Management Fund
 The School Based Management Fund or SMBF is the total budget allocated by the Division Office to a school for a given school year from the regular DepEd MOOE and from other DepEd Sources

Other Sources of Fund
1.       The Special Education Fund (SEF) from the Local School Board.
2.       Allocations from the 20% barangay social development fund and from the Sangguniang Kabataan.
3.       Parents-Teachers-Community Association (PTCA) Contributions
4.       Donations from alumni and other private sources
5.       School Income-Generating Projects.

Flow of SMB Fund Management in School
1.      Preparation of School Operating Budget
- identify school physical targets based on thrusts and priorities aligned to the division targets and priorities such as student assessment, instructional material, teacher training, materials and supplies for school operations and other equipment needed.
- Prepare the School Operating Budget (SOB) based on the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and Annual Implementation Plan (AIP).
-  Submit the SOB to the Division Office together with the SIP and AIP for the review of Division Superintendent together with the Division Supervisor and Finance Officer.
- Prepare the Monthly Cash Program based on the SOB approved by the Division Office
2.  Implement the School Operating Budget
3. Disburse funds from the approved activities.
4. Monitoring and Reporting

For more information about the Procurement review RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

NQESH Reviewer: Management of Physical Resources


Physical resources n schools includes the facilities and instructional(learning) materials. Examples of instructional materials are print instructional materials, non-print instructional materials. It maybe a form of equipment or furniture.

Examples of equipment
Tools, utensils, apparatus (for kitchen and home economics , for science  laboratory, for playground)
Teaching aids and materials
Instruments and properties needed for curricular, non-curricular, and administrative functions and processes implementation.

Examples of Furniture
Desk, chairs, table, benches, cabinets, shelves, bulletin board
Similar items that are permanent or attached that made up physical environment for learning
Movable items and furnishing that require instructional spaces

Other Equipment
Office equipment
Medical/dental/health equipment (for clinic)

Schools Furniture/Classroom/Building

For Dimensions, size of chairs and classroom and facilities please refer to DECS Manual

Condemnation and Demolition of Buildings

If the school building rehabilitation and repair  will cost 50% or more than the cost of new building to replace it, it is recommended for demolition or condemnation

School Head will report the building to be condemned.
Schools Division Superintendent sends a team ton check and verify the conditions of the building

Regional Director issues a special voucher approving relief from the responsibility for the demolished building

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

NQESH Reviewer: Management of Human Resources

(Topics/References: DECS Manual, Magna Carta for Public School Teacher)

Personnel Management

General Categories of services in government based on Executive Order 292.

Career Service – based on merit and fitness determined as far as practicable by comepetitive examinations, as based on highly technical qualifications. Any person appointed to positions in the career service has the opportunities for the advancement of high career positions and enjoy security of tenure.

Three major Levels  of career service position

a.       First Level – The nature of work is sub-professional or non-supervisory. It includes electrical, crafts, trade and custodial positions, entrance to which requires less than four years of college work.
b.      Second Level – Include professional, technical and scientific positions which involve professional, technical and scientific work in non-supervisory or supervisory capacity and requires at least 4 years of college work. Principal and teachers fall in this level.
c.       Third Level - cover those in the Career Executive Service which include: undersecretary, assistant secretary, bureau director, assistant regional director, chief department service, schools division superintendent, assistant school division superintendent and other officials of equivalent rank

Employment Process

Stage 1. Recruitment
                Pursuant to R.A 7041, Vacant positions in all levels in the career service are published in the:
-          Bulletin of Vacancies in the Civil Service; and
-          In the newspaper of wide circulation
These are likewise posted in at least three (3) conspicuous places in the office for the 10 working days (CSC-MC No. 20, s. 2002)

Stage 2: Selection
                Selection of DepEd employees and teachers is based on the principle of merit, competence, fitness and quality and it is open to all, regardless of gender, civil status, disability, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation.
                Determining Factors in Ranking
1.       Performance
2.       Education and Training
3.       Experience and Outstanding Accomplishment
4.       Psycho-Social Attributes and Personality Traits
5.       Potential
For teachers, ranking is school based.
School Committee – chaired by the school head or department head. Receive all application and validates the documents submitted by the applicants.
Division Sub-Committee – evaluates the applicants, observes the teaching demonstration and conducts interview to the applicants
Division Selection Committee- administer  written examination, consolidates individual ratings and makes the final ranking of all applicants for inclusion to the RQA (Registry of Qualified Applicants) for submission and approval of the Superintendent.

Pooling – A registry of qualified applicants for every elementary school and for every secondary  schools is done in every division office and provide a copy also for Regional Director.

Stage 3: Appointment

a.       Original Appointment – refers to the initial entry into the career and non-career service.
b.      Promotion – refers to the advancement from one position to another with an increase of duties and responsibilities and usually corresponds to an increase in salary.
c.       Transfer – refers to movement from one position to another, which is equivalent in rank, level or salary without break in service.

Other Nature of Appointment

d.      Reemployment
e.      Reappointment
f.        Reinstatement
g.       Renewal
h.      Change of Statust.
i.         Demotion
j.        Reclassification

a.       Regular Permanent Status – issued to a teacher who meets all the requirements in the position
b.      Provisional Status – issued to a teacher who meets all the requirements of the position except eligibility.
c.       Substitute Status – issued to a teacher when the regular incumbent of the position is temporarily unable to perform the duties of the position.

                From the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers (R.A. 4670)
1.       Teachers are not entitled to the usual vacation and sick leave credits but proportional vacation pay (PVP) during Summer and Christmas Vacation
2.       Teachers who have at least seven (7) years of continuous service may be entitled to study leave of absence with pay not exceeding in one (1) school year.
Maternity Leave
Every woman in the government service who has rendered an aggregate of two or  more years in service, in addition to the vacation and sick leave granted to her is entitled to a maternity leave of 60 days with full pay.

Paternity Leave (RA 8187)

A married male employee is entitled to paternity leave of seven (7) working days for his first (4) deliveries of his legitimate spouse with whom he is living.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NQESH Reviewer - Professional Development and Human Resource Management

(Topic/References: NCBTS Manual (National Competency Based Teacher Standards)

What is Professional Learning Community or PLC?

                According to Andy Hargreaves, a professional learning community is an ethos that infuses every single aspect of a school operation. When a school becomes a professional learning community, everything in the school looks different than it did before. Ethos is a guiding belief. According to Duofor, PLC operates under the assumption that the key to improve learning for students to continuous, job embedded learning for educators.

In Service Training Programs

1.       Induction Program – it is for new employees/teachers to develop pride, commitment and sense of belonging to the public service.
·         Induction program is for “NEW” employee.
2.       Orientation Program – it refers to activities and programs designed to inform the employee about the thrust, operations and programs of a certain agency. It is also to inform the employee of his responsibilities and benefits.
3.       Reorientation Program – a program designed to inform the employees about the new policies and programs anf their new duties and responsibilities.
Rewards based on Performance
President Benigno Aquino III introduced the PBB or Performance Based Bonus.

·         Some of the Honor Awards given by the Government and other agencies/companies
1.       Presidential or “Lingkod Bayan” Award – conferred to an individual for consistent dedicated performance showing the best in any of the profession or occupation resulting in the successful implementation of the performance which affects the national interest. It is in the form of gold medallion and plaque containing the citation and signature of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
2.       PAGASA Award or Civil Service Commission Award – conferred to a group or individuals or team who has shown outstanding teamwork and cooperation in the delivery of public service. The plaque contained the citation and signature of the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission.
3.       KAPWA Award or Department Award – it is given to an individual or group of individual in recognition of their contribution that directly benefitted the single department or agency of the government.

4.       “Dangal ng Bayan Award” (Outstanding Public Official/Employee Award – it is granted to the official and employees in the government who have demonstrated exemplary service and conduct in the basis of the Eight norms of conduct and behaviour of a public official stated in the Republic Act. 6713.

Incentive Awards
1.       Performance Incentive
2.       Length of Service Incentive
3.       Productivity Incentive
4.       Most Courteous Employee Award
5.       Retirement Award
6.       Year End B onus/Thirteenth Month Bonus/Mid Year Bonus + Cash Gift

School Learning Management Program

“Understanding the Management Process” is the first step towards effecteive management for school heads
                - Situation Analysis
                - Goal Determination
                - Setting of Targets and Objectives
                - Formulation of Strategy and Policy
                - Identification of Program and Projects

The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a plan for three to five years
The Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) is a plan for one year

PHASE 2: Programming
-          Formulation and prioritization of development programs to operationaliza the SIP and AIP
-          Specify the implementation schedule, target clientele, location and funding requirements and sources.

PHASE 3: Budgeting
-          Financing of prioritized school programs
·         Sources of Funds
-          Deped Budget
-          SEF (Special Education fund) of the Local Government Unit
-          20% of the Social Development Fund from the barangay
-          School Canteen Operations
-          Other School income-generating projects
-          Donations and contributions in cash or kind
-          Financial Assistance from foreign countries.

PHASE 4: Implementation
                The implementation and execution of the projects based on the SIP/AIP.  It is also the utilization of the resources and budget allocated for the program.
PHASE 5: Monitoring
                The collection of data based on the targets set in the SIP/AIP and the school actual performance.
PHASE 6: Evaluation
                Involves Identification and measurement  of the whole teaching and learning output of  the school’s program and projects against its stated goals and targets.
PHASE 7: Reporting
                Year-end reporting of the targets accomplished based on the AIP. It includes the the strength, weaknesses and achievement of the school.

-          Set mission, goals and Objective of the School
-          Develop and Implement the Educational Program of the School
-          Administer and manage the personnel, physical and fiscal resources of the school.

NQESH Reviewer - School Leadership



The RA 9155 otherwise known as the Basic Education Act of 2001 enumerates the various functions of school head. One of these is the “setting of mission, vision, goals and objectives of the school”.
                In planning, there should be a clear statement of the vision and the mission.

Facilitating the School Improvement Plan:

There are seven milestones in the implementation of the School Based Management  through the SIP and AIP. These are
1.   Plan – SIP and AIP that was developed by the stakeholders
Stakeholders includes
                Internal – school head, teachers, PTCA, students
                External – LGU, community leaders, retirees, alumni
2.   . Fund -  School Based Management Fund coming from different sources such as PTCA, LGU, DepEd MOOE, NGO’s etc..
3.   . Implementation of Plan – full participation of stakeholders are encouraged.
4.   . Management of Fund
5.    Monitor and Evaluate the Plan
6.    Show The results based on Performance Indicator (Completion Rate, Participation Rate, Drop-out Rate, Achievement Rate etc..)

7.    Reporting to the Stakeholders

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What to Review in the NQESH (National Qualifying Examination for School Heads?

The following topics/references will be helpful for you to pass the NQESH-Principal Test

1. DECS Manual (very important to have a copy of this)
2. RA 9155 - "Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001"
3. RA 4670 - "Maagna Carta for Public School Teachers"
4. EFA - Education for All
5. BESRA - Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda
6. EMIS/BEIS - Basic Education Information System
7. K to 12
8. Writing Correspondence
10. Grammar and Vocabulary (Identifying Errors etc...)
11. DepEd Order (you may browse website of Deped)

Good Luck
(NQESH (National Qualifying Examination for School Heads