‘Schools in city are not student-centric’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Pune-based secondary schools are not up to the mark in quality and education should be more student-centric rather than system and administration centric.

Pune: Pune-based secondary schools are not up to the mark in quality and education should be more student-centric rather than system and administration centric. This was revealed during the survey conducted in the city by a private agencies Business Ethics Foundation and Hallmark.

They found that over expectation of management with limited financial resources and moderate quality faculty and top quality exceptions are some of the major problems to provide quality education to the students. 

On Tuesday, SG Bapat, Founder Business Ethics Foundation and Sridharan, Director, Hallmark, in a press conference said that the agencies conducted the survey to know the problems of educational institute and provide them assistance. 

Out of 17,060 schools in Pune city and fringe area of Pune Municipal Corporation, 135 secondary schools including government, semi-government, Marathi medium, Semi-English, English medium, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education, Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) were surveyed.  

Bhuvanesh Kulkarni, Chairman of Business Ethics Foundation said that the survey was carried out with the help of a questionnaire in 135 schools. 

Six researchers and 30 educationists were part of the team that conducted the survey in a scientific manner.

Bapat said, “The main finding of this survey is that the education system has still a lot of scope for improvement. The key is to make education more student-centric rather than system and administration centric. The survey will be released at a function organised at Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture Pudumjee Hall on August 31.”

“The survey will be released in the form of a booklet by NM Joshi, Educationist and Vice Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Nitin Karmalkar will preside over the function. A panel discussion on challenges and opportunities would also be organised on the occasion,”  he added.

Sridharan, Director of Hallmark, said, “The survey concentrated more on aided schools and not on Central or unaided schools. All stakeholders including principals, teachers, students, parents and founders of education institutions are taken into consideration.”

Bapat pointed out some of the facts of the survey. He said, “Poor response in teacher-parent association meetings, non-satisfactory approach towards existing setups and infrastructures and resources are key areas which can help to improve quality of schools.” 

“Moderate quality faculty and top quality expectations are another problems which schools are facing nowadays. We have given rank to schools based on their functions, facility and teaching quality,” Bapat further added.

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