SAME route, different destination
In recent years, private schools have mushroomed across the length & breadth of the country. If one looks at the permissions given to groups of institutions to launch Universities, a doubt arises whether the Government wishes to see the private sector in education to grow and ultimately overshadow its own institutions!
Despite this development, the hinterlands haven’t managed to attract much investment from groups which run schools & colleges almost like a business. While some groups and individuals have taken it upon themselves to reach appropriate education to traditionally illiterate pockets of human settlements, their approach is varied and dependant on their individual visions. These institutions are indeed affordable, yet the mainstream job market seems to have taken longer to absorb their alumni.
At the school level, it appears that the Affordable Private Schools (APS) are making headway as they follow established syllabi and yet manage to bring in certain innovations which change the manner in which children learn. This has resulted in better quality education which is more accessible physically & financially.
A Government school which consistently performs well will feature in the news, while that is the mantra for survival among APS and private schools, despite the challenges they face. For instance, the Right to Education (RTE) guidelines stipulate that there has to be one teacher for every 30 or so students, and this teacher-student ratio is a challenge considering the low fee they charge. Likewise there are many other expectations like infrastructure available, facilities offered, quick responses and transparent operations which can put the schools through cyclic bouts with sustainability.
Encouraged by the outcomes of a simple experiment conducted at some Government schools in interior Karnataka, wherein students from the control group studying in Classes V to X fared better in general tests of Mathematics, Science and English when compared to others outside the group, Edutel has devised an effective program to tackle issues common to many schools. The Government of Karnataka were quick to identify the benefits and adopt the Satellite and Advanced Multimedia Education (SAME) program, which uses a unique, hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications delivery model and LIVE, multi – way interactive sessions enriched by multimedia & animated content to facilitate the learning process.
During an impact measurement exercise of the SAME program at over 20 schools, both the quality of education and examination scores of pupils were found to have exceeded general expectations. This inspirational success can be directly attributed to the program modules, methodology of teaching and periodical assessments adopted by Edutel. The objective of providing better education to the current generation can be realized only if the gaps in creative and critical thinking are closed with SAME.
Low fee APS holds the key to usher improvement into the lives of thousands of families who are yet to have a formal school attendee amidst them. Implementing SAME at these schools will only make quality education a realistic possibility.