Established in 1980, The Delhi Public School Ghaziabad Society has traversed more than three and a half decades to emerge amongst the top performing schools in India. With 15 schools and more than 13,000 students, DPSG now prepares to reach out to 1, 00,000 students across India. Providing High-Quality Education, the consistently high performance of DPSG students in CBSE board examinations and IIT Joint Entrance Examinations, Medical Entrance (NEET) DPSG Teachers and Students have demonstrated Excellence in all fields: Academics, Co-scholastic and Sports.
Demand for Good Schools, “DESTINATION” SCHOOL
There is a general shortage of good schools in India. While there may be many schools available, both in the Government and the Private sector, only a few of them are able to provide quality education to their students. This is a result of untrained principals and teachers, inadequate infrastructure and a lack of vision for the School.
Developments in Education
School Education has seen a radical transformation in the past couple of decades. The increase of Information Technology in the classes and the new awareness among our young students has changed the mediocre learner in our system. This has resulted in the development of new curriculums based on skills and inquiry, new and improved teaching & learning strategies via continuous teacher training and skill development of teachers.
Apart from the State Education Boards, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), which is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, there has been an influx of new international curriculum in India, in the last decade. International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) University of Cambridge are gaining popularity in some parts of the country. Seeing this gaining popularity of international curriculums, due to their innovative curriculum design, pedagogies, and assessments techniques, the CBSE developed a new curriculum CBSE International (CBSE-I). The CBSE International (CBSE-I), was launched in 2010 and is an internationally-benchmarked, inquiry and skill-based curriculum catering to individual learning styles. It is a new curriculum and yet to be proven.
Teachers – are the “Nucleus of Education”.
Teachers are centric to education. They are most critical to delivering a good education, to creating a good school, to deliver high-quality learning. The final outcome of learning depends on the teacher no matter what curriculum we deliver. The quality of teaching in India is deficient on many counts, due to unsatisfactory quality of teachers. Teaching as a profession does not attract the best talent graduating from colleges. The teacher development program (B.Ed.) has also failed to deliver satisfactory results. Hence, if the quality of education in India is to improve, the quality of its schools will have to improve. This will happen by improving the quality of teaching, which can only happen by improving the quality of teachers.
Principals – “Leadership in Education”
School leaders, Principals are critical to the health of the School. They are supposed to provide “thought leadership” in academic issues and high-quality management on administrative issues. However, they are not prepared for the challenges that come their way, in a structured and organized manner. They somehow learn to cope up with the challenges while on the job and some succeed, while most struggle. India needs a structured and organized “Leadership Program” to prepare teachers to become Principals.
Legal & Regulatory Environment
The Right to Education Act 2009 has major implications for the operational functioning of the Schools and their academic learning environment. It also creates a unique set of circumstances, academic and non-academic due to the proposed mix of students in the classrooms and the school. Managing a School in this new and unique environment of Right to Education Act 2009 poses new and unforeseen challenges.
Branding – Building Trust
Trust brings Parents to a School. Most parents want their children to go to their “School of Choice” as they are very concerned about sending their children to the right School. A new Good School may take up to 7 to 10 years to build the requisite Trust with the Parents; whereas an existing Trusted Brand would be able to attract admissions from the very first year. This will have major implications on the financial viability of the School.
Managing a School is a complex task. It involves managing the academic teaching learning operations and the non-academic and administrative operations. Guidance based on experience will prove very helpful in creating a high-quality School, which delivers the best possible education, wins the trust of the parents and the community at large.
Focus on Sports is fast gaining popularity with the Indian Parent. The amount of money being spent on sports today is far greater than what was being spent a decade or two ago. This is the result of the beginning of professionalization of sports in India and the acceptance of sports as a career. Spotting of talent for most sports happens in the early ages, between 6 and 12 years and hence Schools have started to introduce more sports focused programs. We have also seen a spurt in the number of sports academies and companies in the country.
DPSG brings to its “PARTNERS” its wealth of experience and understanding of education, it's international and domestic networking within education, its ability to attract the best people in education, its understanding of how to articulate efficient school processes and create avenues of partnerships with the State.
Off-late, in the past decade or so, there has been a flavor to franchise schools in India. Some education companies, without much of an experience in managing schools, suddenly decided to create a business out of School Franchising. Most of these “Franchise Schools” which were guided more by the lure of quick money and only commerce are suffering now, due to lack of proper intent, guidance, investment in people, infrastructure, and experience. It will be prudent to be careful of whom to partner with, establishing a DESTINATION School is a lifetime’s work.
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