Seal of Good Education Governance
The Seal of Good Education Governance (SGEG) is awarded to outstanding local governments that have exhibited good governance in the delivery of basic education. It is conferred during the annual Washington Sycip National Education Summit.
The SGEG aims to:
- Raise awareness and understanding of the importance of effective and efficient governance to support education reform and initiatives.
- Develop and apply an education governance scorecard to evaluate and measure governance and education performance and capabilities.
- Establish benchmarks for best practices across local governments, communities and public institutions.
- Influence and inspire positive transformation of local leaders, institutions and communities towards bringing good governance and education together to impact economic and social development, progress and sustainability.
- Communicate stories of hope, inspiration and commitment from outstanding SGEG awardees to propel innovations and leadership to shape the future of governance and education.
The annual search is announced in the Synergeia facebook page and in our website: synergeia.org.ph. Applicants for the Seal can submit their documents for evaluation to the Synergeia Foundation, Inc., 131 V. Luna Extension corner Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Winning LGUs each receive the Seal of Good Education Governance, a plaque and a technology incentive packages worth up to P1.5 million from SMART Communications, and prizes from Seaoil Foundation, Inc. and SGV Foundation. Supported by USAID and Jesse Robredo Foundation.
How to win the Seal of Good Education Governance?
Weights are assigned to the different selection criteria:
- LSB performance: 50%
- SGC performance: 20%
- Percent reduction of nonreaders and frustrated readers: 15%
- 2017 cohort survival rate: 2.5%
- 2018 cohort survival rate: 2.5%
- Percent change in cohort survival rate: 5%
- Ratio of education budget to total expenditure: 5%
The performance of a LGU is evaluated using an education governance scorecard. The scorecard measures the results of collaborative work of education stakeholders in the community.
Reinvention of the Local School Board
Has the Local School Board transformed in terms of leadership of the Local Chief Executive and the LSB in driving the education reform? Is there efficient utilization of the Special Education Fund? Are there regular LSB meetings, with rich and varied agenda? Is the LSB membership expanded? A score of at least 4 in a 5-point assessment scale constitutes good governance.
Functional School Governing Councils
Are School Governing Councils organized? Have officers been elected and by-laws formulated? Do SGCs participate in drafting and implementing the School Improvement Plan (SIP)? Do SGCs formulate and implement policies on discipline and school welfare? An average score of 3 in a 5-point assessment scale means SGCs participate actively in the development and implementation of SIPs.
Increase in education spending
How is the Special Education Fund spent? Are additional resources generated for education? What is the ratio of education spending to total budget? - Improvement in learning performance of children. Is there a decline in the number of non-readers and frustration readers based on PhilIRI data? Is the cohort survival rate increasing? How is it compared to the national average?
The SGEG highlights the importance of:
- the use of metrics in measuring performance;
- transparency as it empowers communities;
- accountability for performance of both local government and school officials;
- incentive for communities that make education work;
- setting benchmark for excellence in education governance.