By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the establishment of a National Public School Database in order to facilitate the public’s quicker and more seamless access to education through a streamlined enrollment procedure.
“The National Public School Database will serve as a mechanism to provide timely, relevant, and accurate information to school heads and teachers that will help them perform their administrative tasks more efficiently,” Gatchalian said in the bill’s explanatory note.
In accordance with Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. 478, also known as the Public School Database Act, the Department of Education (DepEd) is required to create, operate, and maintain a National Public School Database that contains learner information, including but not limited to, school grades, personal data, a good moral record, and improvement tracking.
According to Gatchalian, physical papers can easily be lost or damaged owing to flimsy storage, floods, and fires, among other catastrophes. Important papers are retained and made easily accessible by storing student records in a database, aiding in the assessment, planning, and formulation of operational goals.
Under the proposed measure, school administrators shall be given access to the National Public School Database containing learner records and other learner-specific data, including exam scores, grade levels, attendance, and immunization records.
This is to help with the recording of biographical data for all learners, handling admissions and discharges, and the transfer of learners to other schools.
Gatchalian also proposes a Database Information Program to train education professionals in the development and maintenance of the information in the National Public School Database.
The DepEd is further mandated to ensure the security and confidentiality of the information contained in the National Public School Database. (ai/mtvn)