What is Checkmyschool?
Checkmyschool (CMS), a participatory monitoring program that aims to improve service delivery in public education by promoting social accountability and transparency was established in 2011 as a joint initiative of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA—EAP) Foundation, Inc. and the Department of Education (DepEd). CMS makes use of the ANSA—EAP's formula to exact social accountability through constructive engagement and citizen monitoring.
The CMS works closely with DepEd and other government offices in the resolution of school issues by empowering citizens to engage government in dialogue and collaborative problem-solving. School communities are engaged in monitoring the services of the DepEd through data collection, data provision, sending feedback and facilitating resolution of school issues.
CMS envisions public schools with quality services and better education performance, enabled by involved citizens, empowered communities, and a responsive government.
The program was designed in light of the following:
1) Decentralization in the public education system -- delegating responsibilities to the local level by empowering school administrators, and engaging school communities and involving them in decision-making and problem-solving processes.
2) Support of the government’s transparency and accountability initiatives -- following previous civil society efforts to provide third-party monitoring of government’s service delivery programs, like Textbook Count, Bayanihang Eskwela, and Bantay Eskwela
Through improved delivery of school resources, CMS hopes to make sure that books and other learning materials in public schools are updated, services are delivered, and students enjoy their classes in a safe and conducive environment for learning. This is indicative of how public education is given importance in terms of budget allocation for the government.
CMS works on a blended approach by combining digital media and community mobilization. The digital platforms ar website, social media, and mobile technology, which allow people to share information and send feedback. Its community mobilization approach involves partnership building with different stakeholders such as the school communities, local government units, local DepEd offices, youth and community organizations, academe and other government agencies.
The Checkmyschool website seeks to make available data on public schools in the Philippines. It tells us about the condition of the services and facilities being provided to public schools, through visualized school information on enrollment, teachers, furniture, teachers, school furniture, textbooks, classrooms, toilets, among others. Feedback on schools can also be sent through the site's feedback page.
For areas with slow or no access to internet, the CMS mobile hotline (+63 998 88 44 043) allows feedback to be sent via SMS, and this is consolidated in the feedback page of the website.
Checkmyschool.org's community mobilization approach organizes school stakeholders: parents, teachers, students and other community members to volunteer in updating of school data, identifying school issues, and engaging government to respond to issues. It also links different civil society groups/non-government organizations, education institutions, private companies and other government agencies to work together to help address these school issues.
Who are involved?
CMS Philippines operations are monitored by the CMS Secretariat. It has four components, namely: Learning and Knowledge Management, Communication and Research, Partnership Building and Volunteer Management, and; Sustainability and Resource Mobilization.
CMS Local Chapters
The CMS Chapters are the primary agents of chapter-level activities. CMS Chapters directly facilitate the participation of the local triad—composed of the local Department of Education offices, LGUs, and partner citizen groups, and other education groups in CMS activities.
CMS Local Chapters, led by Chapter Coordinators, facilitate school-based data-updating activities by supervising school coordinators and school volunteers.