A school head is responsible in ensuring that the learners receive exceptional quality education in a supportive and child-friendly learning environment while functioning as a teacher to his or her fellow teachers and as a servant to the department’s stakeholders, but other than those, being a school head entails a lot of responsibility and accountability. The job requires a lot of public relation skills, courage, determination, strong will, prudence, patience, and leadership skills other than the basic qualifications that the position requires.
Being a school head in a public school isn’t always easy. Serving as a school administrator involves facing many stern challenges on a day to day basis, but there are also many sources of joy for a school head that is willing to rise to these challenges, making the job a truly fulfilling one.
Here are some of the joys of a school head:
Another joy of a school head is to see his/her teachers grow personally and professionally as they achieve unexpected milestones and accomplishments in their life as a teacher and as they are being promoted to a higher position or as they become fellow leaders in the administration.
Here also are some of the challenges being faced by a school head:
There is an indifference to teachers’ training. One of the challenges of a school head is his/her positive regard to trainings as an avenue for the teachers to learn. But hindered by financial constraints due to the reason that there are teachers whose willingness to attend depends on their capacity to finance the expenses or the MOOE fund of the school isn’t even enough to defray the expenses to be incurred in the trainings, same teachers are always being sent to attend, those who can afford the expenses. The school head needs to strategize to source out funds for training of teachers as it is necessary for their growth.
There is a real struggle in leading change. One of the hardest challenges facing a school administrator is leading change. Having the influence to make a positive influence in the lives of his/her learners and teachers, he/she is more often than not disliked by the teachers especially when he/she requires them to perform their work to the best that they can. Sometimes, teachers refuse to perform or work in ways that are different from what they used to do or out of their comfort zones. Sometimes, teachers are hesitant to embrace change especially the older ones compared to the young ones. They refuse accepting additional loads and responsibilities and they tend to resist changes of any form. This will test the ability of the school head to lead his/her subordinate to change without compromising the teachers’ welfare. After all, the teachers are the prime implementers of school policies and programs and it is necessary to work hand in hand with them.