By: Anthony C. Taberara
Teacher III
Tambis Central Elementary School
Division of Surigao del Sur

Some schools are better than others. Some are highly recognized, while others are not. But have you ever wondered why?
Perhaps, we can agree that some of the main factors contributory to the school’s performance are teachers’ competence level, location and accessibility of the school, healthy working environment, availability of resources, and the administrators’ brand of leadership. But these factors are interdependent and cannot exist on their own. It should be together like the interlocking gears of an engine. And this engine is effective school management.

Effective school management is when the school community works together to achieve a common goal, where personal differences are set aside for the betterment of the school. In a healthy and mutually supportive environment, people become proactive and productive.
Moreover, productivity is measured based on the school’s vision and mission from which common understanding and collaboration flow. It shows in the efficient use of material and human resource management and high engagement in school activities. Also, when the school leadership takes advantage of every opportunity offered, there is a higher chance of achieving increased productivity, progress, and development.

In the book written by Lemos et al. titled Personnel Management and School Productivity, they expounded that quality management of the school personnel and other resources correlates with school productivity. It can reflect on the learners’ achievements, stakeholders’ participation, enrolment rate, quality of teaching, and the school’s overall performance.
In other words, the effective management of the school is a prerequisite in achieving quality education in any given situation, pandemic or not. Excellent performance, therefore, is the reward for effective school management.
Some schools are better than others because their management is more effective than others.