7 measures you should take to improve the quality of education in your school

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Education is the top priority of nations across the world. Initiatives to help children attend school and improve the quality of education can change the scenario of growth and prosperity. According to the Annual Status of Education report 2021, at an all-India level – for children in the age group of 6-14 years, enrollment in private schools has decreased from 32.5% in 2018 to 24.4% in 2021.

In order to record steady growth and improve the quality of education, certain measures should be taken. To start with any solution and transformation it’s important to identify the root cause of the problem.

Education has degraded due to multiple reasons like:

  • Lack of proper infrastructure
  • Poor pedagogy skills
  • Lack of trained teachers
  • Using theoretical approaches in imparting knowledge 
  • Poor assessment/evaluation of the child’s learning
  • High competition among the schools

To overcome these challenges and improve the quality of education, schools can evaluate the following factors:

1.  Maintained infrastructure

A School should motivate the students to come to school by providing the basic amenities required as per norms. It should have a spacious classroom with furniture, board, electrical fittings, clean and hygienic toilets, an activity and play area, laboratories, and a computer lab. But having all those amenities without their proper utilization and maintenance may demotivate a child from going to school. Well-maintained infrastructure creates an environment to learn.

2.  Pedagogy skills

The concept of learning, unlearning and relearning need to be implemented over here. We need a transition from rote learning to conceptual methods that can keep the teachers and students engaged. The liking or disliking of a subject depends on the method of teaching. We need to enhance and upgrade our teaching skills for a better outcome.

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3.  Quality of teachers

Most schools compromise on quality by hiring teachers at less pay. Teachers are the key elements in the classroom that ignite the minds of children for seeking knowledge. We need to improve teacher quality by providing training and equipping them with modern teaching aids, tools, and methodologies such as smart classrooms and digital course content.

Taking proper and summative assessments will provide a better understanding of the child. Individual differences should be kept in mind while preparing the evaluation tools which should also include critical/higher order thinking skills.

4.  Extra-curricular activities

Pressurizing students will deviate their minds from studies and which may hamper their interest in continuing their education further. A school should be involved in various co-curricular activities that serve as a key component in sustaining students’ interest in school. It should have proper sports facilities and avenues for cultural events that help in building the life skills and personality of the students. Inter-school competitions should be organized.

5.  Proper implementation of a government initiative  

Various government initiatives such as the RTE act and RMSA were great in bringing change to the school system. According to RTE, the pupil-teacher ratio should be 30:1 at the primary level and 35:1 at the secondary level.

Some private schools do follow the guidelines but somehow we lack proper monitoring and evaluation to implement them on a large scale. A proper channel needs to be developed to ensure the smooth functioning of the program and initiatives in private schools for improvement.

6.  Assessment and evaluation tools

Taking proper and summative assessments will provide a better understanding of the child. Individual differences should be kept in mind while preparing the evaluation tools which should also include critical/higher order thinking skills. Based on the results, we would be able to evaluate the learning level of the child and by taking the necessary steps, the quality of education can be improved.

7.  Community building

Peer learning is vital at every level. To improve the quality of education we can build a school community where all the stakeholders along with the community can come together to share their ideas, challenges, and solutions with others as cross-functional learning. Thus, it will enhance the connectivity and productivity of the school.

Improving the quality of education in the school will create an enabling environment that will embed the concept of lifelong learning. The students will remain enrolled in the school and learn and become enablers and productive whereby they can participate in nation-building.

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