The education triangle: Part 2

May 31, 2016

The school

All nations around the globe recognise education as a major contributor to a healthy economy.

However, the gap between the availability of a skilful workforce and demands by the job market is widening. One reason for this could be the new shift in demands by employers where conditions for recruitment require candidates with higher standards of education and special innovation aptitudes. Such modern reality will always impose extra challenges on schools to equip learners with the desired blend of skills.

For instance, high school graduates must leave with fitting overall abilities that will assist them in the higher education stage and beyond. In response to these advancements in market demands, schools must push for education systems with modern teaching methodologies that encourage learners to think outside of the box and use independent analysis to link facts and knowledge for solving problems.

Strong academic and pastoral systems must be developed and managed by qualified and experienced staff to monitor closely the progress of each and every child. Additional learning support tools must be made available to overcome any academic and behavioural difficulties in order to make all children smile as they learn. Recruitment, appraisal and staff retention policies are becoming major issues in recent years as many students and parents complain about the frequent change of teachers.

The provision of healthy extracurricular programmes to promote teamwork, among other non-academic skills, is vital for students to allow them to demonstrate their full potential outside the classroom. The availability of a modern careers guidance system in every school is becoming a strong necessity to prepare high school graduates for future success. The correct combination of academic and careers counselling in the early stages of secondary schooling will identify the real abilities, interests and ambitions of learners.

This, in turn, will increase the level of success in matching talents with the exact career paths. Clear health and safety policies, monitoring the wellbeing of children and strict registration of attendance must be implemented by all schools. Healthy school meals with researched nutritional values and firm policies regarding the use of electronic devices must be added to the list of responsibilities by schools to create a meaningful education environment.

The parents

While acknowledging some blame has to be connected with the level of educational services by schools, uncertainties about the magnitude of support by parents must be recognised too. For instance, in private schools, some parents believe paying the fees would take care of everything. Unfortunately, this kind of mentality sends wrong messages to the children and might encourage them to capitalise on any disputes between parents and schools.

It is in every school’s interest that children excel in their education. Therefore, education managers will do everything within their capacity to provide effective guidance for children to demonstrate the necessary commitment within and outside the school. However, while educationalists can monitor students within a specific range of schooling hours, some students may not adhere to instructions outside the school. The sleeping hours, eating habits, availability of distracting entertainment tools, type of social life and the nature of association between students and their parents are all outside the school’s direct control.

Most research concerning the field of education emphasise the strength of collaboration between schools and parents as a priority for assisting children to succeed in their education. Therefore, it is important for parents to demonstrate adequate willingness to support the school’s fair policies that serve the interest of the students themselves at the end. It is also extremely wrong when parents take it for granted that their children are always right. Children are expected to make mistakes but they should also learn to accept punishments when they are wrong, so they can learn how to avoid these mistakes in the future.

(To be continued)

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