Appraising the Quality of Diocesan Catholic Education in accordance with Philippine Catholic Schools Standards
Catholic education is linked to the Church's evangelical mission. However, Catholic schools are confronted with the deterioration of values, teacher turnover, and decline in enrolment, posing threats to their mission and operation (Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines [CEAP], 2016). Hence, this assessed the quality of Catholic education of Antique diocesan schools using the Philippine Catholic Schools Standards (PCSS). Further, it identified areas for continuous improvement in the Catholic school operation. It also correlated the respondents’ age, sex, length of service, and designation with the quality assessment. With the descriptive-correlational design, the 120 school personnel responded through a standardized PCSS questionnaire. Generally, the assessment was rated “fully meets benchmark” with Catholic identity and mission as the highest and operational vitality as the lowest. The correlation showed no relationship between the age, sex, and length of service with the quality assessment while little if any relationship with the designation. Accordingly, the quality of Catholic education is attained through continuous adherence to the standards. With this, stakeholders’ collaboration is necessary.