Importance of holistic monitoring & evaluation of the education governance system
"Skill India", " AtmaNirbhar Bharat", " Make in India", "New India", "Literacy, Numeracy, Global Attributes" is what we are all striving for and deliberating upon. But how do we ensure desired impact and alignment with the common vision? With a well thought road map backed by hard work, perseverance and sincere approach towards achieving excellence, each educational organization under collaborative mode may lead to a success story for learners as envisaged by the NEP 2020 .COAE INTERNATIONAL embarked upon a journey to handhold educational establishments like early childhood education, school education, higher education and the L&D sector to establish systems that enable purposeful and valuable outcomes for all stakeholders alike. Our assessments for school systems started as a result of the need identified to have robust processes that encourage ownership by every stakeholder, improve individual and organizational outputs, ensure sustainability through continuous monitoring and cyclic improvements. The idea that led to emergence of these services was to inculcate a culture that included organizational improvement by establishing standards, benchmarks and recognizing effective practices being implemented in the education sector. These were achieved by validating/ certifying the systems and enabling the same to get celebrated across the world. We set on our mission to connect with schools and institutes that would agree with our thought process. The schools were then identified and motivated to discuss and rethink their purpose, ethos and vision of existence. After working with more than 100 private as well as govt. schools in India and outside, we were able understand that there is a critical and continuous need for the schools to evaluate the degree to which they meet the requirements of learners and other beneficiaries and to improve their ability to continue to do so. Our research analysis helped us to categorize two major gaps in the school governance models- 1. Ineffective teaching skills and 2. Inconsistent educational practices. Based on our research, we found that more than 60% of the teachers spent their major academic time in the administrative tasks which did not add any value to their teaching-learning profile. This led to their inability in enhancing or empowering themselves to keep pace with the current and future needs of learners. Thus emerged a clear need to streamline our educational management processes and systems leading to clarity of contribution, roles and accountability of all stakeholders including learners, teachers, parents, management, regulatory bodies and all connected with an empowered educational community. At COAE, the endeavour has been to design, develop and implement assessment tools and frameworks for evaluating educators’ skills and effectiveness of educational systems. The frameworks used by COAE meet the global standards, national & regional requirements, are credible, implementable, feasible, transparent, objective and include an underlying measure of acceptability and credibility. We have partnered with schools not only across different states of India (Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc.) but across the Western Asian countries and continuing to reach out. More than 5,000 school leaders have been trained and empowered to continually and progressively work towards increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of their academic and administrative systems. We have been sharing and creating awareness among the educational fraternity through a range of activities like training, handholding, auditing, assessing and certifying. In order to further encourage, recognise and celebrate the enthusiastic and competent teachers; we at COAE conducted a recommendation and jury-screening based award ceremony and felicitated around 220 Indian teachers (out of overwhelming 1200 applicants) from India, London, Singapore, UAE and Australia on 5th September 2020 being the TEACHER’s DAY. These self-motivated teachers who ensured the achievement of learning outcomes by making teaching-learning an enjoyable process during the pandemic are now setting benchmarks and positive examples of learner-focus for the teaching fraternity.We are happy to share that in our mission to bring positive and measurable transformation in educational systems, we are being supported by like-minded passionate educationists across the globe.. We hope that the trend will have a ripple effect and be replicated across this vast pool of academia that is strengthening the roots and economies of the world. We look forward to collaborations and are eager to contribute our strength, experience and knowledge of the domain. The validation by our partner schools prove that our assessments which are based on global standards, technology-driven approach and effective analysis, are able to give adequate direction towards ensuring learner centred learning in their schools. Our activities support the visionary leaders to empower and engage all stakeholders in delivering value, manage all school activities as interrelated processes that function as a coherent system, create new opportunities by producing desired results, create ethical professional environment and inclusive practices, ensure safety & security of learners and other beneficiaries and improve risk-management due to sustainable practices. We have been able to reach more than 500 schools, around 15,000 educators, 2000 school leaders and have impacted more than a million students so far.By including “Standard Setting and Accreditation of School Education”, the National Education Policy 2020 has given wings to our vision and COAE is all set to embark another journey to scale its services through public-private partnerships for transformation of the school governance system via holistic monitoring and evaluation practices. Directorate of Education, the Haryana State Government is the first one to partner with us for the implementation of the NEP 2020. The journey continues…..