Hyderabad: The Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) has decided to go for its own brand of certification similar to the ISO to identify institutions doing extremely well.
For this a self-evaluation will be done by the individual institution (principal and staff) using a well-designed self-evaluation form. This will be followed by an external evaluation using various assessment tools –quality framework, questionnaires and customised excel sheet by an expert panel constituted by the TSWREIS.
The authorities plan to employ a four-point rating scale (excellent, good, average and weak) to rate the institutions. Schools which are rated as excellent will be given an insignia which can be displayed on the school premises. The institution will also be presented an award at a State-level function and the school photograph will be uploaded on the website of the society.
“The idea is to assess the quality of education in our institutions against national and international benchmarks. It is also intended to track the performance of the institutions against various academic indicators, evaluate capabilities of school leaders in improving academic standards and to measure the students’ progress,” said TSWREIS Secretary RS Praveen Kumar.
He told Telangana Today that T-Plus clubs set up in the 268 Social Welfare Residential Schools to improve English communication skills of teachers are showing results. These clubs are being held on every Monday and Tuesday from 4 pm to 4.30 pm under the supervision of the principal or senior English teacher designated by the principal. The topics to be discussed are communicated to the schools by the academic wing of the head office. “This way, we want to brush up the English communication skills of teachers,” Kumar said.
There are also plans to set up ‘Life Skills Studios’ to teach core skills of everyday life to students. One such studio is already established at the Narsingi school and it is planned to extend the facility to other places by next year. It is proposed to teach basic table manners, telephone etiquette, body language and personal grooming to students from Class VII to Intermediate. The principals have been asked to identify a room within the premises and furnish it with cot, bed, pillow, bedsheets, table, chairs, plates and cutlery so as to impart life skills.
This apart, efforts are on to improve the listening skills of the teachers. Both teachers and students will be made to watch English news of NDTV, BBC, CNN-IBN for half an hour every day to enhance their listening skills and also to update their knowledge. At the end of the news session, teachers will discuss and elaborate the news to the students.
“These measures are neither exhaustive nor conclusive. We welcome constructive suggestions from teachers,” he said.