Gatchalian proposes nat’l public school database to streamline enrollment

Gatchalian proposes nat’l public school database to streamline enrollment

MANILA — Following the opening of early registration in public schools, Senator Win Gatchalian reiterated his call for the creation of a National Public School Database for streamlined enrollment.

Gatchalian made his proposal in the Public School Database Act (Senate Bill No. 478). Under the proposed measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) will develop, operate, and maintain a National Public School Database that contains learner information. These will include school grades, personal data, good moral record, and improvement tracking, among others.

The National Public School Database will also include other learner-specific data, such as exam scores, grade levels, attendance, and immunization records for the recording of learners’ biographical data, the handling of admissions and discharges, and transferring to other schools. School administrators shall have access to these data so they can have timely, relevant, and accurate information to help them perform their tasks more efficiently.

The DepEd is further mandated to formulate a Database Information Program, which will train education professionals on the development of the National Public School Database, as well as the maintenance of information it contains.

Gatchalian pointed out that physical documents are easily damaged and lost due to fragile storage, flood, fire, and other disasters. By storing learners’ school records in a database, school heads and teachers are assured that these important documents are preserved and easily accessible.

The lawmaker further pointed out that a national public school database will facilitate systematic monitoring of learners’ records and progress, which are vital in school assessment, planning, and setting of operational targets.

“Batay sa karanasan natin noong kasagsagan ng pandemya, nakita natin ang napakahalagang papel ng teknolohiya, hindi lamang para sa pag-aaral at pagtuturo kundi pati na rin sa pamamalakad ng ating mga paaralan. Kaya naman isinusulong natin ang paglikha ng National Public School Database upang gawing mas madali ang proseso ng ating enrollment, at matulungan ang ating mga guro at mga school heads,” said Gatchalian, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Basic Education. (Amado Inigo/MTVN)

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