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Assuring Quality School Audits Post COVID-19

Assuring Quality School
Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra, Academic Evangelist and former School Principal

We all are fully prepared and looking forward to welcome our students within the four walls of our classrooms! My observation at schools appear so dwelling and daring at times with alarming findings which include no fire fighting equipment in place and if be, is expired. Hardly the schools give weightage to the need of a WHEEL CHAIR inside the campuses. This questions how far school managements are attentive to assuring quality school audits.

Quality at workplace has been an in thing of demand by the majority and its inception has been of repute by the Parents, the ultimate stake holders including the students and the society at large. The particular conjunction to the need delivers a demand to pursue the quality learning environment which otherwise remains of junction to a limit only.

Class organization and the opportunities to the children given within the classroom by the teachers really pertain to the existing norms and liking of the teachers at pace in particular. Also, the factors which influence the need for audit limit to planning for continuity and progression in learning, match of work to student’s needs, interests and the clarity of objectives without which the tots do not feel at home within the four walls. Above all, the teaching tools in practice need to be evaluated with reference to their usages during the lessons. One should evaluate if the tools are at all appropriate.

Furthermore, the teachers’ subject knowledge, enthusiasm, methods of questioning, exposition and problem solving relating to multilevel dimension for judging is required. Also, whether the work is tailored to meet individual needs or not should be a concern for both parents and management of the school.

As rightly judged and defined by the researchers, schools need to switch from academic excellence to overall excellence. This can be done only if we re-engineer the human resources available with the teachers. They have to be re-trained according to the modern aspects of multimedia technology and the current thinking in education. The classrooms must be made centers of excellence.

It is required to judge the following factors in particular on priority:

  1. Curriculum Planning
  2. Teaching Learning Processes
  3. Student Assessment and Performance

The Teaching Learning Process forms the basis of the academic process and products. The need for Quality Assessment is a novel way by the Central Board of Secondary Education to pave the delivery in the best possible manner. It relates to the following objectives viz.

  • To assess and endorse that an institution/ school meets established standards.
  • To assess the effectiveness of an institution in creating the most innovative, relevant, socially conscious eco-oriented learning ambience for all its staff and students.
  • To involve the faculty comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning for enhancing effectiveness of a school.
  • To establish criteria for professional certification and upgrading of standards.
  • To encourage continuous self assessment, accountability and autonomy in innovation in school education.
  • To encourage continuous professional development and capacity building of teachers.

This type of an audit or an assessment is intended to be a means to document the strengths and weaknesses of educational practices and institutional effectiveness leading them to the desired accountability towards the society and the stake holders further. The process is bound to entertain issues related to strengths of the school with areas of development, professional skills and upliftment required and the class room management format of demand.

The Author is a Former Vice President, Academic Audits & Training with Next Education India Private Ltd. & School Auditor/ Author/ National Teacher Awardee. He has also authored a book on 101 Safety & Security Anchors for Schools available on Amazon!

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