The most interesting part of my job as a School Business Strategist is visiting schools, talking to school owners, finding out what their problems are, meeting the teachers and solving issues.
When you ask the average school what they do best and what (in their own opinion) makes them stand out, the first response you get is: ACADEMIC QUALITY. This response is just like hearing a coloured TV say that its strength is to show coloured pictures.
But then I decided not to take their word for it. The sad truth is, the private education sector could boast of doing better than their public counterpart, but have we really delivered well enough on the ‘quality education’ trust placed on us by the society? We have really complemented government’s efforts over the years but I think we still need to do more.
Here’s what I mean!
It’s pretty easy to excuse ourselves of the underlying responsibility of delivering that quality education at all costs due to known challenges of making sure we make ends meet and make profit to sustain our school business, but as a school, you have to decide for yourself which one comes first – ensuring quality or protecting business.
The first and most important task for the school owner (which of course is default) is to assure quality education and put it first in spite of the uncertainties that surround the edu-business atmosphere and the need to cut costs here and there. The alternative to that perhaps is to look for something else to do.
As usual, this topic will be broken down into 4 parts. Please make sure you follow all. The topic is indeed loaded.
1. What Is Academic Quality?
2. What Are Your Teachers Teaching?
3. What Are Your Children Learning?
4. How To Boost Your Parents’ Assessment and Impression About Your Quality Delivery
1. WHAT IS QUALITY EDUCATION?
Now, every school claims their strength is in Academic Quality! It then begs the question: Are we really delivering on that mandate? Again, I think I have the answer to that:
I don’t know how much attention you pay to the details of what your teachers teach and their methods of delivery. How about the quality of what your students are actually learning? What are your parents’ assessment of your services?
Quite daunting, you may be thinking – Does Mr Adeniji Really want to answer this question? Or maybe I should reframe the question to something like –
WHAT IS QUALITY ACADEMICS IN THE CONTEXT OF SCHOOL BUSINESS?
Simply put, good education is one that equips learners on the path of life-long learning and relevance. Although it goes beyond the accumulation of facts and the acquisition of skills, it only begins with it. We’re actually helping the children learn how to learn. A good education is not an end in itself … a good education is but a starting point and that’s exactly what we as school owners have sworn to deliver to our parents. And here is where it begins…