Synergeia has recently concluded our initial mid-assessment of the impact of Education for Governance Effectiveness (EdGE), a program that USAID is supporting. We are happy to note that the program has very positive outcomes:
- Average performance scores of children in the National Achievement Test (NAT) from EdGE sites increased from 69.2% in 2013 to 71.6% in 2014.
- School Governing Councils (SGCs) are getting to be more functional. When EdGE started its training for SGCs in 2014, 87% of SGCs were not functional. Mid-assessment results showed that 60% of the SGCs have been re-organized and 30% are involved in policy formulation and development of School Improvement Plans ( SIPs)
- The MOOE budgets of schools are relatively small – P119, 244 on the average, per school per annum. This amount goes mostly to repair of school buildings and office supplies. Thus, schools need the support of School Governing Councils and School Boards to strengthen the quality of instruction.
- Per capita spending of LGUs was found to have a positive and significant correlation with higher cohort survival rates of children. LGUs with higher per capita spending have higher cohort survival rates.
- LGUs augment their SEF budget from their General Fund. As much as 14.77% of the total LGU budget is allocated to education.
- Total SEF funds increased by 5.06% between 2013 and 2014. The average total spending on education of local governments on education increased by 96.77% from the 2013 baseline.
- The performance of School Boards has increased from 2.86 in 2013 to 4.05 in 2014 in a 5-point rating scale. Local Chief Executives scored 4.57 in the assumption of leadership in education!
We are excited at the progress that our schools have made so far, and look forward to continuing this growth.