Thursday, 25 October 2012 14:22
Educational planners, administrators, curriculum makers and even the parents and the community must share effort and to help the school decide what best for the development of the learners. We have a lot of good programs and even projects which were not carried out effectively because of poor educational planning. And because of this resources are wasted and the intended goals are not achieve. Educational planning does not entail that an administrator is intelligent enough but rather he is going to be a deep thinker and critical decision maker who will pounder on the available needs, the strengths, opportunities, manpower resources and even linkages to plan for the best of the school.
Educational Planning is an instrument for providing the needed coordination and direction of the different components of an educational system. It also ensures that wide accepted long – term goals, such as universal primary education are approached more objectively. It provides realistic appraisal of the country’s resources (human, non- human and instructional which is an important factor in the successful implementation of the plan. With thorough planning the school system will be able to achieve its long term goals.
Yes, indeed an essential tool for ensuring that educational programs will contribute effectively to the attainment of quality education and the realization of its quest for making every Filipino learner at par with other countries in terms of competencies and skills. All of which are possible only with the best and brilliant educational planners who will devote themselves completely to the educational planning.
Most of what is being introduced and implemented in the fields today are products of rush decisions that’s why they do not end up successful . Just like the Understanding by Design ( UBD ) Framework which was first implemented for the secondary schools in 2010. Teachers were given limited training and there was no available instructional materials nor references to be used. And all of a sudden , it was ordered that it should be used. And after two years , when teachers are ready and prepared for it all of a sudden it was abolished and teachers were made to accept a new curriculum.
It has always been this way in the public schools , everything is on the experimental basis . Our managers and planners in the Central Office cannot decide on what’s best for the majority of the Filipino students and yet they always wanted to have that quality education. I believe that quality teaching and learning are products of educational planning. We cannot expect something good nor excellent out of an experimental idea. To ensure that the plan is carried out effectively those who are in the field must be consulted. And always teachers who are directly affected are not consulted.
One thing more , there should be an intensive monitoring and evaluation of the educational programs to identify if it’s really functional or not . An assessment of the real status , problems and concerns will be able to determine what must be done next . Because it has been an issue for a long time that programs as well as projects once implemented are left behind without even looking into its development and contributions to the present educational system. And if proven effective it should be strengthened and supported so as to truly foster the realization of the education department. Feedback should also be given to ensure that something must be done to solve the problems.
The efficiency and integrity of the department lies in the plan they make for the organization. If we have poor quality of education in our country it only means that we have to invest much on planning. Without planning , we might not be able to deliver quality education to the Filipino learners and we might not be able to have a progressive nation.
We cannot afford to plan rushly for we have already a lot of unsolved issues and these things are in a way a reflection of our state of education , in turn the state of education that we have tells us what kind of educational planners we have. And if we have weak educational planners , the entire educational system will collapse. The entire Filipino learners will no longer have the chance to compete globally and the chance of liberating oneself from ignorance will forever be a dream. Much is at stake with educational planning , that’s why as future educators it’s best that we should have a strong foundation on educational planning and be ready to make a difference.
By Rosemarie P. Gontinas
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