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Feature: Buried school still shines in NAT

By Bong Pedalino

SAINT BERNARD, Southern Leyte (31 October) -- In terms of good showing at the national achievement test (NAT), the Guinsaugon Elementary School here would have fared just as excellent, even besting "Manila's most expensive private schools", according to a Columnist of a daily broadsheet.

In his column "Public Lives" published in the October 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Columnist Randy David discussed at length the topic "Hope in Education."

He wrote that since a novel approach to education reform was launched in 2003, a considerable impact has been felt in the performance level of students as measured by the NAT.

Through the introduction of the school-based management (SBM) system as a component of the Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP), an environment conducive to learning has been created, David said.

Since the system was put into motion three years ago, David singled out the ill-fated Guinsaugon Elementary School as a concrete example, wherein in the 2002-2003 NAT the said school got 35.6% mean percentage point.

This rose to 49% for the 2003-2004 NAT, and still increased significantly to 83.1% for the 2004-2005 NAT, David stressed, quoting data from the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office.

"A landslide buried this same school not too long ago, but at the rate its pupils were going, those poor kids would easily have bested the pupils of Manils's most expensive private schools," David mused.

The 2005-2006 NAT was held in March, 2006, or barely a month after the tragedy, when the whole barangay was entombed by onrushing mudflow on a school day, Friday, in broad mid-morning daylight following days of incessant rains.

For the current NAT scores, ten elementary public schools from Southern Leyte landed in the top ten in the nationwide listing, besting over 30,000 schools across the country, the ratings ranging from 93.82% to 90.03%.

David further said that under the school-based management approach "funds for school improvement are placed directly at the disposal of the community led by the Principal or teacher in-charge. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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