For someone like you who wants to take public service to the next level for the country’s quality education by serving as a school principal, one of the steps to take is to pass the Principal’s test, commonly known National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH). This test is for all the aspirants for a Principal I position.
As mentioned in the DepEd Order (DO) No. 39, s. 2007 entitled Modified Qualification Standards for the Positions of Head Teachers and Principals and DO 97, s. 2011 entitled Revised Guidelines on the Allocation and Reclassification of School Heads Positions, the applicant should meet any of the following eligibility requirements:
a. One year as Head Teacher; or
b. Two years as Teacher-in-Charge or Master Teacher; or
c. Five years as Teacher III or SPED Teacher; or
d. Five years as an incumbent public school teacher who has five years of managerial and supervisory experience in a DepEd recognized private institution or Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized higher education institution.
START PREPARING THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
a. Certificate of Eligibility (system-generated);
b. Performance Rating (Very Satisfactory) for the last two (2) rating periods;
c. Service Record;
d. Designation as Teacher-in-Charge signed by the SDS (if applicable);
e. Certification of managerial and administrative experience from DepEd-recognized private institutions or CHED-recognized private higher education institutions (if applicable).
The examination shall cover situational critical thinking questions relevant to the role of an SH anchored on the domains of the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads (NCBSSH) stipulated in DO 32, s. 2010 entitled National Adoption and Implementation of the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads:
a. School Leadership;
b. Instructional Leadership;
c. Creating Student-Centered Learning Climate;
d. Human Resource Management and Professional Development;
e. Parent Involvement and Community Partnership;
f. School Management and Operations; and
g. Personal and Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
The nature of the test is very different from the Licensure Examination for Teachers or the Civil Service Exam. The content of the test will be a little complex and you may the questions easy, only a few pass it as the aim of the examiners is for you not to pass it. That’s how tough the NQESH is. Tougher than any other exams— tougher than the bar exam! It is because the Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) wants to make sure that they choose the finest of all aspiring school administrators.
Join this year’s review sessions and let us equip you with the knowledge to hurdle the difficult test that will be your passport towards your dream of becoming a school head to fill the many vacant Principal I items in the country.