Teamwork Makes the School System Strong – Usec Lino

2 March 2014

A school is not a one-man team, according to DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera as he urged school heads to work together with other stakeholders for the betterment of education in the Philippines.

Make your team stronger. The entire system makes it work, –  Usec Lino says.

Speaking before school heads from over 100 schools from CAMANAVA and Pili, Camarines Sur, Usec Lino emphasized the value of teamwork in school management. A school can do well, a principal can excel if he is able to make his teachers better as well. Michael Jordan won championships when he learned how to make his teammates strong. Make your team stronger. The entire system makes it work.

Teamwork can also be extended as far as the relationship between schools is concerned. “Benchmarking with other schools is not a means to gauge if they are better or worse but to learn best practices and apply them.” He reminds that private and public schools are not competitors but partners with the same goal.

The Deped official further encourages principals to acknowledge weaknesses if there are any so that appropriate measures can be taken to address them. Let’s accept the problem as it is without blame. The only way we can improve is to accept the things that need to be improved.

He said he prefers those who come to him asking for help over those who boast about achievements. ‘Pag sinabi, sir, eto lang ang NAT namin. Ang susunod dun, ano gagawin natin? Mas gusto ko yun kesa sa binobola ako. Mas gusto kong aminin ninyo na di ninyo alam ang gagawin. Pagtutulungan natin.

The forum is part of a workshop program conducted in January by Synergeia Foundation to promote effective education governance under USAID’s Education Governance Effectiveness program.

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