PACE OF PEACE: State of the school address (SOSA) to bring the school closer to people

By Lourdes G. dela Torre, Ph.D,.LPT

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (07 April 2017/BukidnonNews.Net)  – Education is the most important of the social services that the government offers to the public. It has been given the biggest share of the budget.  It is  guaranteed in the 1987 Philippine constitution as it is a fulfillment of the provision that ensures “equality in the access of educational opportunities to every Filipino child.

It is implemented in the new curriculum that prepares the Filipino citizens to become global citizens who possess the competencies of a 21st century society.

The SOSA or the state of the school address is perceived to report to the people the achievement of schools as far as the Department of Education’s mission and goals are concerned.

The Division of Bukidnon required all schools within its jurisdiction to present the SOSA in order to make each school report its achievement in terms of the status of enrolment, the rate of completion, rate of cohort survival, rate of school drop out, the student-to-teacher ratio, the student – to- classroom ration and many more.

In the case of Bukidnon National School of Home Industries, the principal reported  how the school fared in the different competitions that the school participated both in curricular and co- curricular areas.

As the report was given, BNSHI being one of the technical – vocational schools in the country, has produced graduates who have acquired varied and relevant vocational courses that made its graduates employable in the different industries of the Province of Bukidnon.

The first ever SOSA was an avenue to tell the people about BNSHI.  It laid down the success stories of the school.  It gave recognition to the teachers and support personnel for their contribution to the achievement of the school.

It described the state of the school based on its concrete and tangible accomplishment as shown by the presence of infrastructures, equipment, facilities and the increased number of students.

With the presentation of facts and figures about BNSHI, it could have been more realistic if the school administration identified the needs of the school for the coming years that are responsive to the needs of the Senior High School, in particular and the success of the K to 12 curriculum, in general.

Knowing and presenting all the facts of the school’s accomplishment, what could be the needs of BNSHI that will set as the direction of its future programs and actions?

The SOSA is a good venue to cite the various successes of a school.  However, the principal must be able to identify the course of action to take given the rich and varied resources available for maximum utilization.  The future SOSA must be able to set the agenda for action concretizing the provisions and principles that the school-based management adhered to.

(BUKIDNON VIEWS is the opinion section of Bukidnon News.Net. Dr. Lourdes G. dela Torre is an educator and researcher whose works have been presented in various national and international conferences. She is presently with the Bukidnon National School of Home Industries in Maramag, Bukidnon. She has published books on Peace Education and Field Study. She is a consultant on community organizing, social, and peace studies. Pace of Peace is her column for Bukidnon Views. She can be reached at editor@bukidnonnews.net)