School performance is directly linked with the quality of students learning. Consequently to improve school performance, one should focus on the ways to enhance student learning.
When we explore the school performance, we find that the management of a school must consider the following areas in order to formulate its school improvement strategy.
In tangibles; the school premises, playground, assembly area, parking, vegetation, sanitation, canteen, teachers and staff, audiovisual aid, medical facilities, computer lab, and library are included. The improvement in all these physical facilities will surely affect the improvement of the school’s overall performance.
While the Intangibles are the quality of education provided to students by the teachers and the quality and ability of students to learn. This area is equally important as the tangibles are, but in some ways, is more important. The physical equipment and installation are relevantly easy to ascertain with respect to their need and quality whereas, intangible qualities can only be checked after completing a study session and reviewing the assessment results of the students. However, small markers can be used to gauge these qualities during a study session. Small quizzes and assessments in the middle of the session can indicate the week areas of quality education of school staff and good ability of learning of the students.
From the perspective of quality of teaching staff, the school management usually invests a lot in order to engage a high-quality staff with a good reputation. By this, the management steps forward to enhance the school performance. Many times the post joining training is conducted to improve the skill sets of the teachers. This training also includes soft skill learning because nowadays we know that along with a good Intelligent Quotient (IQ) the Emotional Quotient (EQ) also known as Emotional Intelligence (EI) plays a vital role in building a well-performing personality. Wikipedia states that:
“Emotional intelligence is most often defined as the ability to perceive, use, understand and manage emotions. People with high emotional intelligence can recognize their own emotions and those of others, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, and adjust emotions to adapt to environments. Although the term first appeared in 1964 it gained popularity in the 1995 best-selling book Emotional Intelligence, written by science journalist Daniel Goleman. Goleman defined EI as the array of skills and characteristics that drive leadership performance.”
The quality of education thus is two-pronged, one belongs to the teaching quality and the second belongs to the student’s lasting-learning capability. Good strategies to improve the learning capability of the students are the desired solution to get an improved school performance from the aspect of enhanced student learning. These strategies are based on the scientific methods of student education. The strategies which start from questing how to improve the learning power of a student are well directed towards the goal of achieving high performance in the school.
The salient points of a good strategy will be as follows:
- The aptitude tests at the time of admission should be designed so that they will play an important role in judging the student’s ability to learn and keep the learning material in mind for a longer period.
- Increasing the basic skills like writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving
- A motivating campaign should be implemented to catch the attention of students on spending a good amount of their time on the course work.
In these modern times, information technology is taking over the spaces in almost all fields of science. Schooling is no exception. In school management, the role of information technology has been very critical in past but it is now essential. The key performance indicators (KPI) such as quality of education, school performance, and the strategies to improve learning are now taken to computers. Well-written software and well-trimmed websites are in the picture now. The good software not only marks the attendance but gives distance learning via purpose-built websites. Thus the better use of information technology helps in improving the total performance of a school.
As we all know that a healthy body will have a healthy mind. The school premises which contain playing grounds and indoor halls for games and physical training would produce the students who are good in athletics as well as in their studies. Everybody has witnessed in his life that the children are now very intelligent and sharp however they are not giving much time to their physical activities. Instead, they are watching television more. They are spending a great time on mobile phones, tablets, and personal computers by playing games and watching movies. This lack of physical activity reduces their blood circulation to the mind and resultantly the memory is also affected. To overcome this phenomenon, the school management has to arrange the physical activity in school time only for the sake of good educational results and thus improved performance of the school. For that, they need to invest more in this part for the betterment of the playing grounds, indoor halls, and playing equipment like football, cricket, badminton, volleyball, chess, scrabble, and taekwondo to name a few.
Last but not the least, the Covid-19 challenge is now very much handled by World Health Organization (WHO) and local country-wise health authorities but still students are devoid of full-stretched study sessions as it were before this ‘New-Normal’. In such a situation due to communication gaps, computer/laptop/tab/mobile-ridden classes, and no school going; a generation of students is evolved which is not only worrying for their studies and knowledge but also for the school and its performance. Every school is struggling to cope up with its repute and legacy. The goal is to maintain the performance. The test is to keep the school alive and kicking. The resources are scarce. Governments are encouraging students and schools both to follow the SOPs and thus avoid the disease as well as study hard remotely so that the performance of students and the school both can remain above the bar as was set in past years of pre-pandemic.
Ramsha Khan, an Ambitious learner, Research Scholar, and a free writer is by profession a High School Teacher and a student of MS in Applied Linguistics. She is August in nature and so is scrupulous in her work. She believes in “Being perfect is not possible but close to perfection is possible”, that one will surely witness in her writing.