DepEd’s school-based management (SBM) guidelines were reviewed by representatives of 18 regions this week to generate recommendations for its improved implementation.

School Effectiveness Division (SED) head Dexter Pante welcomes participants to the two-day review of DepEd School-Based Management (SBM) policy and implementation.

DO 83, s. 2012 or the Implementing Guidelines On The Revised School-Based Management (SBM) Framework, Assessment Process And Tool (APAT) was issued five years ago to “strengthen the School-Based Management (SBM) practice and re-emphasize the centrality of the learners and the involvement of relevant community basic education service delivery”. It provides a framework for decentralizing authority and accountability to schools, enabling them to continuously improve their own governance and management.

The review, supported by BEST, also aimed to help DepEd’s School Effectiveness Division (SED) formulate a school effectiveness framework that will ensure that all policies, systems, and processes at the school level are geared towards helping every school undertake proven and effective SBM practices.

School Principal Dr. Maria Cristina Robles thinks that schools need to be empowered to be able to address their unique challenges.

Public school principal Dr. Maria Cristina Acuna Robles of the Navotas National High School, one of the 60 participants to the review, believes that problems associated with managing school resources, curriculum and instruction, continuous improvement, and leadership and governance are unique to every school and therefore require unique, school-based solutions.

“As school leaders, it matters that we are empowered to plan and be able to prioritize activities that suit the needs of our respective schools,” Dr Robles said. “We cannot just address our own problems without appropriate plans. I’m glad we have a forum that will simplify the ways we do our respective school improvement plans (SIP).”

Dr. Robles and other participants shared various challenges encountered during the 5 years of DO 83 implementation which warranted its review in order to generate recommendations for its improvement.

Look: Photos from the SBM Policy and Implementation Review