A webinar on Effective Governance and Standard Settingwas organized by Ministry of Education under ShikshakParv initiative on 24th September 2020. The target beneficiary group for this session were Pre-school, Lower Primary Teachers, Heads of Schools, Parents, and All States/UTs Education Departments.ShikshakParvis being organised by Ministry of Educationfrom 8th September- 25th September, 2020 to felicitate the Teachers and to take New Education Policy 2020 forward.
Prof. N.V. Varghese, Vice Chancellor, NIEPA; Dr. K Vijayan, Assistant Professor, DTE, NCERT, Prof. A.K. Srivastava, Dean Research andHead, DEPFE, NCERTand Dr. UshaKhare, Principal, Govt. Girls Higher Secondary SchoolJahangirabad, Bhopal were the speakers on the occasion.
Prof. Varghesefocused on the issues present in standard setting and accreditation.He covered various issues during his presentation. He said that the trend in many countries is to set ambitious standards and then using these standards to measure accountability. Standards are used to ensure that teachers and school are held responsible and that the teaching-learning process progresses systematically. NPE 1968 focused on creating school facilities, while NPE 1986 sought to create facilities in the classroom. It was in the 1990s that the concept of minimum levels of learning came to the forefront. He highlighted that there were two major issues that need to be addressed. First, students are not learning what they should be learning. Second, there is wide variation in what students are learning in different schools. Generally, surveys show that mostly private schools perform better than government schools, with the exception of KendriyaVidyalayas and NavodayaVidyalayas. Globally, there has been a shift from emphasis on schooling to learning. This has put pressure on schools. Parents prefer to send their children to private schools. Society's demand on performance of schools and student has increased over time, he added.
Prof. Srivastava’s presentation focused on the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) recommendation of school complexes and its implementation. The main recommendations of
NEP 2020 for School Complexes/Clustersis as below-
Functions of School Complex
Development of School/ Complex Plans
Dr.Khare shared the practitioner’s perspective and how she overcame the challenges of governance in her school. She describedvarious challenges in schoolslike infrastructure which covers poor location, lack of facilities, encroachment and unclean environment, outdated knowledge, fear of change and lack of using technology of teachers, lack of awareness and poorparticipation ofParents andIrregularity, missing value system, lack of motivation, casualness, and no respect for self and others for Students.
She gave following suggestions on how we can overcome thesechallenges -