school leadership

Anustup Nayak

“Be the change you want to see in this world” – Mahatma Gandhi

These videos are produced by TESS-India to support school leaders in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in their primary or secondary school. We are sharing the 2nd part of the series.

These videos are produced by TESS-India to support school leaders in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in their primary or secondary school. We are sharing 1st of the series.

Government school system in India is one of the largest and most complex public systems across the world with 1.1 million schools providing education to 143 million students. 4.9 million teachers teach in these institutions. Over the past three decades, India has pushed hard to have a school in every village. Today, the Government Primary School and the Anganwadi Centre (pre-school) are the most ubiquitous symbols of public systems in India. Walk into any village anywhere in the country, no matter how remote or inaccessible, and in all likelihood you will see a Government school. In fact today 98% of India’s villages have a primary school within a walking distance of 1 km. In a country as vast as ours and with its complex geographies, this is an enormous achievement. School enrolment is close to universal, irrespective of gender, caste, or religion. If you consider that just 30 years ago, less than half of our girls were in school, this is nothing short of remarkable.

Despite these achievements, government schools generally carry a negative image. This is because we expect much more from our government schools, and rightfully so. However, further improvements will take time and it is our shared responsibility to make this happen.

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Education is important, interesting but a complex process. It is complex because it is social in nature. Geographical, cultural and other diversities in a society are a major source of complexity. A second source of complexity results from the wide field of content areas and pedagogies which keep changing. Yet another area that adds to this complex process is the variety of stakeholders, for example the diversity we come across with respect to students and teachers with the kind of changes happening there in multiple dimensions.

A “very successful and dynamic” school principal in conversation with a government school principal once used a

There are deep cultural roots to our behavior. To replace the prejudices we cultivate as social beings with openness is definitely a challenge. Yet there have always been heart-warming moments when change seemed to happen.

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There are deep cultural roots to our behavior with respect to students with special needs. To replace the prejudices we cultivate as social beings with openness is definitely a challenge. Yet there have always been heart-warming moments when change seemed to happen.

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