Productive Education Is Progressive Education

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Dr. Dhruba Bhattarai is the Director at KMC School. He has spent three and a half decades in the academic field. A PhD in Economics, he has presented several presentations on economic-related topics. He thinks that greater parent education is essential for the success of progressive schooling. He has shared his concept of progressive education and joyous moments at his school that has been recognized and awarded the best school by the Government of Bagmati Province.

You are advocating progressive education in true spirit. Could you elaborate how one can understand progressive education?

Simply said, productive education is progressive education. It has changed in such a way that it can now enable students to start at least one product activity that they can incorporate into their daily lives, increasing their productivity, happiness, and profitability. This implies that we translate every student’s potential into productivity. The consumer who uses the product is the most important item to keep in mind. “Progressive” nature is inherent in education. which is a regular phenomenon. This model incorporates activity-based teaching and learning where students’ behaviors are closely observed, and their convincing performances are guaranteed.

This type of progressive education is said to be too expensive for general people. Why can’t we make it more affordable?

The government needs to take the lead in giving the people of our nation the ability to engage in any economic activity and ensure that money is spent on the most fundamental needs. Food, health, education, and security are all basic needs. First and foremost, the national government must be able to increase the purchasing power of the populace. If that happens, the students’ school fees should not be a difficult case to afford. In the Netherlands, I’ve seen that the government receives the receipt for whatever fees parents pay to the school, making it easier for them to manage their finances. Only 6 of the approximately 100 pupils who passed some types of board exams were from government schools; the majority came from private schools. It is due to the poor management, sub-standard materials, weak deliberation, and improper education. At this point, parents look for private institutions that offer high-quality education directly. Private schools might be closed if government schools are able to handle all these issues.

 Education used to be thought of as the primary means of acquiring and passing on knowledge. But education today is also expected to include knowledge of technique, attitude, invention, and application. To what extent have you implemented these attributes at your institute?

Yes, we do have all these standards and expectations for our kids. The most crucial part is this because everyone wants to receive education of higher caliber. To provide high-quality education that can change when students practice and realize things there, we have built up computer labs, scientific labs, English labs, language labs, and audio-video labs. They produce better results when they put the concepts into practice. 

We are adopting a progressive approach to learning and are getting expected results correspondingly. Our effort is to let KMC guardians witness positive changes in their children’s learning and behaviors; so, we have adopted a progressive education model and have enabled our students to apply such education in real life as well.

KMC believes that our students ought to have the knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of learning which gives them an insight into resolving academic questions as well as personal and social issues tactfully. Regarding the assessment, we focus on assessment-based learning that includes a mechanism in which students are given marks based on their classroom performance. In order to do so, we have discontinued with rather term exams. The overall behavior and academic efficiency of ours students are the reflection of what kind of education they have been given. In this regard, we are trying to bring holistic change to help our students compete in the global settings. We will see drastic changes within the next three years.

What are the distinct features of progressive education of your school while comparing it to others?

We don’t just lecture on education. We also impart skills, discipline, and a lot of practical knowledge. We require our students to participate in extracurricular activities. Our result is extraordinary. Another distinct feature of our school is that we are trying to provide the best education at an affordable cost. We have introduced a range of soft-skill courses, such as communication, discussion, and confidence-boosting. We also engage our students in research-based activities, and encourage them to present themselves effectively in front of a mass of people. Subsequently, they will be able to diagnose their own problems, find solutions, and finally receive constructive feedback. As a result, our students can easily find their places and spaces in any types of adverse situations and act as harbingers of positive change.

What evidence do we have that our students are globally competent?

As we can see, the students going for engineering, IT and medical courses have shown outstanding performance. Likewise, the number of students getting scholarships from abroad tells us that we have been able to make our students globally competent.

Lastly, what message would you like to convey to parents and the students?

I would like to say that we need to be concerned about our children’s future where they can have the capability of high competency. Our parents are the invaluable assets to our organization which always drive us towards the optimum development of our society and the nation at large. 

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