Managing educational institutions vs. managing the education sector

Public and Private Schools

After primary education, the private sector increasingly captures a significant portion of the education market. Parents who enrol their children in private schools generally pay the tuition. The presence of private schools, in a way, alleviates the financial burden of the state to educate and trains its citizens.

If private schools start closing down tomorrow, there will be more pressure on the government to open new public schools to accommodate the students and will need more budget to build schools, hire teachers, provide textbooks, etc. Therefore, the overall growth of private schools should be a government interest. Education agencies should not limit their focus and energies managing the public schools but, more importantly, should manage and oversee the development of the entire education sector.

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When Reforms Don’t Transform

Education problems from of old are still very evident today.
How come we never learn? Some say may have already overanalyzed our education system as a result of doing one sector review to another. How many of us bothered to read these excellent papers? How much of the message reached their intended audience? Did we ever involved the real stakeholders: the parents, the students, the school administrators, the teachers and the employers?

When new set of officials come in, which office is responsible in briefing them about previous education sector assessments and their corresponding policy recommendations? Sometimes, the agency itself is not fully aware of the existence of these studies.

We need to begin with “knowledge management”.

Here’s an excellent document from the website of the Philippine Human Development NetworkWhen Reforms Don’t Transform: A Review of the Institutional Reforms in the Department of Education (1990-2008)