PARAMETERS OFQUALITY EDUCATION ARE CHANGING WITH THE PACE OF TIME; IT’S NOW SKILLS, CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

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You have gained a long experience of educational practice in Nepal. In your experience, what should be the next level of school education in Nepal that befits the 21st century skills?

In my opinion, education in the 21st century should promote bookless and research-based education that ensures innovative, proactive, techno-friendly and ethical teaching and learning, which can be termed as progressive education. We are witnessing the educational trend in many countries like Finland and U.K and our neighboring country, India where progressive education is given high priority which consolidates student-centric education.

You hold a leading position in PABSON too. At present, the slogan “Education with Skills, Culture and Ethic” is becoming a trending campaign. To what extent, do you think, the private schools have been successful in implementing this kind of education?

Most private schools have witnessed phenomenal achievements in technological advancement. During the pandemic crises, they successfully conducted virtual classes since they consolidated advanced technology into their educational practice.

In fact, education with skill, culture and ethic is the demand of the 21st century education. Only progressive education meets the present need of Nepalese students and parents and can prepared globally competitive human resources. However, some small schools are still run in a rented building which are struggling for survival and training for teachers has become a rare privilege. So, they should move ahead by merging two or more in order to strengthen their teaching and learning efficiency and adopt the progressive model.

Since your entailment in the PABSON is worthy of appreciation, could you please tell us what should be the parameters of quality education?

Quality enhancement can be achieved only when we can manage well-trained and dedicated teachers, implementation of cutting-edge technology, assurance of institution sustainability and spacious physical infrastructures. In addition, quality assurance is the motto of the private schools, which is a great deal of pride not only for us but also for the entire society.

Quality education cannot be guaranteed only with the efforts of a school alone where parents have an equal role. In your perspectives, what is the prime role of parents in enhancing quality education?

Parents have a significant role in inculcating performance level of their child(ren). They are indispensable part of success of an academic institution too. However, the parental role is tough in the sense of good parenting. In the context of Nepal, about 80% parents think that only school is responsible for giving a right education to their children. They think that paying fees and taking only financial burden is the responsibility of parents. Nonetheless, it’s really vital for them to ensure their children act responsibly and embrace personal and social etiquettes. The conscious and sanguine parents should get information about each activity of their children and school. They should often visit the school, provide feedback and take updated information about the school and their children. In this regard, the proper support and care of the parents is essential for development of their children and the academic institution.

What are the bases of quality education delivery in your institution?

Trained and devoted teachers, strong physical infrastructure, support and cooperation of parents and society, continuous cocurricular and extra-curricular activities, focus on practical orientation etc. are that bases of quality enhancement.

Finally, what message would you like to convey to the parents as Chairman of Butwal Public School who are in pursuit of a progressive education?

I believe that proper management, academic environment, trained teaching faculty, physical infrastructures, teaching pedagogy and selection of right course book, feedback of the pass out students etc. are the key fact while choosing a right school.

Butwal Public School is the center of academic excellence and its contributions to students’ personal well-being and extension of their social responsibility are our benchmarks. The curricular, cocurricular and extra-curricular activities are given equal importance with the mission of incorporating education with life-skills, culture and technology. In other words, practical orientation is our goal. So, I convey the message to all the parents and the students that they have to be supportive of the school, which is working untiringly to bring major breakthroughs in the lives of students.

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