For someone like you who want 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 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 tghe SDS (if applicable);
e. Certification of managerial and administrative experience from DepEd-recognized private institution or CHED-recognized private higher education institution (if applicable).
The examination shall cover situational critical thinking questions relevant to the role of a 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.
In order to pass the examination, test takers must obtain at least 70% correct answers in all domains. Official final results shall be released through a DepEd Memorandum followed by the distribution of printed Certificates of Rating of all test takers.
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 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.
Beginning 2018 Principals’ Test, applicants shall only be allowed to take the examination for three consecutive times. Applicants who did not pass consecutively in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 shall undergo a specialized preparatory course before they will be allowed to apply again.