Schools for A Better Future
The Quality of Education? How can we improve it?
We all know that the more widespread education is among the members of a society, the more are the odds of the betterment of that society in the future. This sentence accounts for the fact that the quantity of education in a society delivers developmental outputs for society. But what about the quality of education? Does it also affect the growth of society as much as the quantity of education does?
In this article, we shall examine how much importance the quality of education holds in the modern-day scenario. We shall also look at some of the improvements which can be carried out in the present education system to guide ourselves towards a better future.
Quality of Education: Definition
According to A paper presented by UNICEF at the meeting of the International Working Group on Education, Florence, Italy in June 2000, Quality in education essentially includes:
- Learners who are healthy, well-nourished and ready to participate and learn, and supported in learning by their families and communities;
- Environments that are healthy, safe, protective and gender-sensitive, and provide adequate resources and facilities;
- Content that is reflected in relevant curricula and materials for the acquisition of basic skills, especially in the areas of literacy, numeracy and skills for life.
- Processes through which trained teachers use child-centred teaching approaches in well-managed classrooms and schools and skilful assessment to facilitate learning and reduce disparities.
- Outcomes that encompass knowledge, skills and attitudes, and are linked to national goals for education and positive participation in society.
In short, we can say that Quality Education refers to the knowledge which prepares the person to lead a happy and safe life.
Ways To Improve the Quality of Education
In this section, we shall look at some of the possible enhancements which can be made in the current day education system to improve the quality of education.
1. Taking and Implementing Valuable Feedback from Alumni and Local Businesses
While the schools and the education policymakers do try their best to impart the best possible skills to the students, still there exists a gap between the skills students possess after getting a basic formal education, and the skills required by the local businesses and companies in their potential employees. In this context, taking feedback from the local businesses and the alumni about the possible improvements in the education system, and implementing such changes could be a very powerful way to enhance the quality of education.
2. Including Activities that Enhance the Critical thinking and Problem-Solving Skills of the Students
There are many situations in one’s life where he/she has to use his critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make the right decisions at the right time. While our schools develop many practical skills, they still lag at developing the critical thinking skills in the students. To improve at this point, new activities could be added to the curriculum of the students which work on proactively enhancing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of the students.
3. Improvement in Counselling Provided to the Students About Their Future Careers
In the modern scenario, it is observed more often than not that students struggle while deciding between career choices available to them and sometimes end up opting for careers they don’t have any passion for. The potential reasons for this might be the lack of awareness in students about the choices available to them and the lack of proper counselling. The appointment of a mentor who could guide students in this might help improve this situation.
4. Standardizing the Quality of Education Provided in Various Areas of the State
While it is the problem mostly associated with the developing and under-developed countries, some of the developed countries are also not untouched by this. There still exists a difference in study resources available to citizens between the urban and the rural areas. The standardization of the education resources available to citizens promotes the development of the whole nation rather than only a few parts of it.
5. Understanding Different Student Natures and Personalities
The human psyche makes each of the students differ from each other in the arena of their personalities. Some are extroverts, some introverts, and others ambiverts. The teachers should be trained to understand the different student personalities and make dedicated plans for the development of each set of students.
So here we come at the end of this article. Hope you found something helpful in this article. Please do suggest any of the improvements which you think can be made in the Education system of today in the comments below.