3 measures that can enable the right ecosystem needed for imparting quality education

  1. Maintained infrastructure

A clean, spacious school building having basic facilities including:

  • Spacious classrooms with requisite furniture, boards, electrical fittings like lights and fans
  • Clean and hygienic toilets
  • Accessible drinking water
  • Activity and play areas
  • Laboratories with requisite instruments and equipment
  • Computers for students to learn and experiment with

Having a good school building with spacious classrooms is not enough; it needs to be maintained so that students find it to be an inviting environment to which they look forward to coming every day to learn.

While the findings of the Annual Status of Education Report of 2017 show that the number of students completing elementary school has increased over the years, they, however, lack foundational skills.

  1. Quality of teaching and teachers
  • Teachers are key in ensuring that students get the requisite lessons that keep their minds ignited for seeking knowledge

Students’ likes and dislikes for attending classes, or interests in a particular subject, can be linked to their teacher and his/her quality of teaching.

The challenge of improving quality of teaching by training teachers and supporting them with modern teaching aids, tools and methodologies — like smart classrooms and digital course content — needs to be taken up, so that teachers take pride in their jobs.

  • This will also encourage more people to take up teaching as a vocation, thus assisting in solving the vacancy of seats issue
  1. Extra-curricular activities
  • Extra-curricular activities are also a key component in sustaining a youngster’s interest at school

Extra curricular activities play an important role in a student’s school life.

Schools should have requisite sporting facilities and avenues for cultural events, which together contribute to building a student’s life skills and personality.

Do we have the aforementioned ecosystem in our schools?

  • The above eco-system is currently available only in a few schools

These include some of the private schools largely located in major cities and a few residential schools, which are able to charge fees that covers costs of operations including teacher salaries and facility maintenance.

However, vast majority of the youth does not have access to such facilities and quality teachers due to issues like affordability and their location — especially those residing in semi-urban and rural areas.