The senior high school department of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and the basic education department of Colegio San Juan de Letran were among seven schools named during the Bayan Academy’s 6th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards having an “exceptional strategic human resources innovation.”
UST’s award was under “Innovations in Quality Education: Education in the 21st century,” while Letran’s award fell under “Innovations in Quality Education: Learning Methodologies and Delivery Systems for Learning Effectiveness.”
The two schools were joined by Alabat Island National High School in Quezon (Most Transformative School for Learning Effectiveness and School Efficiency Award), Tisa 2 Elementary School in Cebu City (Innovations in Learning Environment: Learning Spaces and Places and Innovations in Access to Education), Palusapis Integrated School at the Science City of Munoz in Nueva Ecija (Innovations in Quality Education: Curriculum Design and Development and Learning Methodologies and Delivery Systems for Learning Effectiveness), Babag National High School in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu (Innovations in Learning Environment: Child Safety, Security and Sensitivity), and the Schools Division of Quezon Province (Innovations in Leadership, Governance and Management: Institutional Leadership and Direction Setting).
Bayan Academy also recognized the principals of Alabat Island National High School and Tisa 2 Elementary School for the development of their schools during the awards night last November 19.
Alabat Island National High School principal Gregorio Racelis developed a program, thanks to guidance from a Christian group, which would be the school’s core values: Kabutihan, Katatagan, Kasipagan, Disiplina, at Malasakit.
Racelis was initially confronted with the school’s high dropout rate, low mean percentage scores, low stakeholder participation and teenage pregnancy, but under his watch, the school’s National Achievement Test Mean Percentage Score increased from 58.73 in School Year (SY) 2012-2013 to 80.77 in SY 2018-2019. In addition, students dropping out and teenage pregnancy cases have also decreased.
“We were inspired by Greg because we saw the veritable partnership between the government and school,” Alabat, Quezon Mayor Fernando Mesa was quoted as saying. “The way forward is to cascade this program to kindergarten so that these values start from childhood, and they become part of the transformation.”
Similar to Racelis, Tisa 2 Elementary school principal Maricon Gumba gathered her school’s “master teachers,” in addressing the issues surrounding the school.
“The school was in a bad shape,” explained the principal. “More than the physical deformities of the school, the difficulty there was how to convince people who already surrendered to the idea that they were already as they were. Driving people to act and driving people to believe that they have a role to play — and they will have an impact — is the challenge.”
With the help of the teachers, they were able to develop a vision for their school by enhancing the programs that exist in the school, as well as making new ones, and united stakeholders.
Bayan Academy President Dr. Eduardo Morato has commended and congratulated the award recipients in leading the transformation.
“We’ve always believed that you can never implement a cookie-cutter approach in school transformation,” Morato said. “Each institution is unique, and our seven recipients have showed many original and innovative programs. However, we also know there are many inspiring lessons we can pick up from their experiences that other organizations and institutions can tailor-fit in effecting change in their communities.”
Case studies for the 6th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards have been compiled into a book called Excellence in Educational Transformation: Strategic Human Resource Management for School Transformation, Volume 6, authored by Morato. ARIC