At the culmination of National Teachers’ Month (NTM) Monday, the Department of Education announced that two landmark education policies that would set professional standards for the country’s school leaders have been issued.
The NTM started on Sept. 4 and culminates on Oct. 5 which is also the World Teachers’ Day (WTD) celebration. With new standards for school leaders, DepEd said that the roles of school heads and supervisors in improving teacher quality “are now more clearly defined.”
DepEd issued last week Department Order (DO) No. 24, Series of 2020, or “The National Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH)” and the DO No. 25, Series of 2020, or the “National Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Professional Standards for Supervisors (PPSS)” to help improve to teaching quality in the country.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the changes of various national and global frameworks in education and the changing characteristics of 21st century students necessitate a call for the rethinking of the professional standards for school heads and supervisors.
“This is part of our efforts to prepare the Department for the transition into the future,” Briones said. “We want to develop effective school leaders beyond our terms and beyond our lifetime for the future of education,” she added.
Meanwhile, DepEd Undersecretary for Planning, Human Resource and Organizational Development, and Field Operations Jesus Lorenzo Mateo said that the development of the PPSSH and the PPSS is one of the DepEd’s key reforms in improving the quality of education.
“Quality learning outcomes are produced by quality teachers, who are supported by effective school leaders,” Mateo said. “Ensuring the delivery of quality education requires clear professional standards that are responsive to the demands of the dynamic education environment,” he added.
In the DepEd system, there are currently 43,448 school heads and 5,550 supervisors who will put the policy into practice.