TRIPLE JOB

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AURE­LIA M. RIVERA

What is the job of an ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tor? One con­sid­ers the range of ac­tiv­i­ties that a school prin­ci­pal is in­volved in, she/ he can be viewed as a gen­er­al­ist, need­ing and re­ly­ing on the ex­per­tise of others. In­deed the ex­per­tise that prin­ci­pals need to ac­quire is to know how to fit the pieces to­gether.

Be­cause the to­tal pro­gram of teach­ing and learn­ing, whether in the more for­mal arena of a class­room or in the school as a whole, could be per­formed bet­ter when it is co­or­di­nated ef­fec­tively by the prin­ci­pal. In short, prin­ci­pals must help shape a safe and pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment by pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources, so that teach­ing and learn­ing is fos­tered more ef­fect i vel y.

There are a num­ber of dis­tinc­tive func­tions that an ad­min­is­tra­tor should per­form to en­hance teach­ing and learn­ing, work that is very dif­fer­ent from other fields of ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment, as it is shaped and di­rected by the core busi­ness of teach­ing and learn­ing.

Most of the time, ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tor per­formed three fun­da­men­tal func­tions which are ad­min­is­ter­ing mean­ing, ad­min­is­ter­ing com­mu­nity and ad­min­is­ter­ing ex­cel­lence.

Ad­min­is­tra­tors are ex­pected to en­sure that schools are able to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for the stu­dents to dis­cover mean­ing in their world— the mean­ing of na­ture, of hu­man af­fairs and hu­man re­la­tion­ships en­abling them to learn be­yond mem­o­riz­ing su­per­fi­cial knowl­edge for suc­cess of ex­am­i­na­tions.

Ad­min­is­ter­ing com­mu­nity de­mands that the ad­min­is­tra­tors en­deavor to trans­form the tra­di­tional sepa­ra­tion of the in­di­vid­ual from the com­mu­nity into their essen­tial union. Cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tive learn­ing and team­work to­wards the cre­ation of learn­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions could en­cour­age this.

Ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tor should pro­mote and en­cour­age high qual­ity per­for­mance in schools in terms of not only pro­duc­tiv­ity, in­no­va­tions or tech­ni­cal vir­tu­os­ity but more so in terms of the stu­dents’char­ac­ter and mould­ing him or her to be use­ful ci­ti­zen and a mem­ber of the so­ci­ety.

Be­ing an ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tor en­tails full­time job hav­ing to per­form not just one, not two but three dif­fer­ent tasks in ar­tic­u­lat­ing the shared vi­sion and in­volve­ment of others in set­ting the goals and de­vel­op­ing the strate­gies for the re­al­iza­tion of the shared vi­sion.

— oOo— The au­thor is Head Teacher I at Ca­cu­tud Ele­men­tary School

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