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PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur—The Department of Education, through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines, has scheduled a national school principals test for Sept. 27, Sunday, in all 16 regions, a local education official said.

DepEd Region 9 Director Malcolm S. Garma said Education Secretary Armin Luistro’s memorandum his office here received recently said the examination, will “serve as a mechanism    for selecting competent school heads in the public education sector.”

The scheme will also eliminate the alleged malpractice of some school executives of promoting teachers largely on the basis of “whom you know and not what you know.”

Garma said the test covers eight major topics: School Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Creating Student-Centered Learning Climate,  Human Resource Management and Professional Development, Parent Involvement and Community Partnership, School Management and Operations, Personal and Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Effectiveness, and 21st  Century Managerial and Leadership Skills.

Educators qualified to take the Principal’s exam, Luistro said,   are those with at least one year experience as head teacher, two years as school teacher-in-charge, two years as master teacher, or five years as teacher III with 40 hours of relevant trainings, with a performance rating of very satisfactory for the past two years, and with a certification of no pending administrative case.

Successful examinees will later be appointed as heads of learning centers without principals or to fill up positions vacated by retired school administrators.

Luistro added that the test will ultimately upgrade elementary and secondary school supervision and improve the delivery of quality basic education in the country’s public school system.

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