Private High English Schools Contributing Quality Education

In Manipur, Government recognized private English High Schools (particularly the Missionary) are producing till date quality students much more than their Government counterparts.

Some major factors responsible for the academic achievements are:

(a) integration of nursery and kindergarten classes to educational structure or ladder;

(b) effective school organization and administration;

(c) strict enforcement of school service conducts rules and regulations;

(d) greater sense of responsibility accountability;

(e) introduction of the Report Card;

(f) maintenance of the Cumulative Records;

(g) school-home partnership etc.

Brief analysis

(a) Integration of the Nursery/Kindergarten classes: The Nursery/Kindergarten classes provide early childhood education and prepare children for pre-primary education. Complete integration of Nursery/Kindergarten classes into the educational structure or ladder of the private high schools of classes I – X acts both as a feeder and a strengthening factor for later education of children in the same school under the pervading administration of the responsible headmaster of the school.

Importance of Pre-primary Education

It is to be realized that the experiences to be provided at the very beginning of education play a very crucial role in the development of child’s personality and have strong bearing upon later education of children. Learning at this stage may be characterized by group-activities, play way techniques, language games, number games and the activities directed to promote socialization and environmental awareness among children.

According, pleasure, perception and participation need to be duly emphasized. It will ensure readiness to learn among children and reduce unhealthy and harmful load on children whose neuro-muscular capacities are not yet adequately developed. Formal teaching of subjects and reading and writing must be clearly prohibited. Early childhood Education (ECE) needs to be made uniformly available to all children of the state to ensure equity. Ref. NCERT National Curriculum Framework for Education. Page 46 (2.7.1).

Further, the educational significance of Pre-primary education is being increasingly realized. Modern researchers have shown that the years between three and ten are of the greatest importance in the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development. It has also been found that children who have been to a pre-primary school show better progress at the primary stage and help in reducing wastage and stagnation. The modern trend in educational policy, therefore, is to emphasize pre-primary education, especially for children with unsatisfactory home backgrounds. This is the direction in which we also should move. Ref Kothari’s Education and National Development Report of the Education Commission 1964-66, Page 263 (7.04)

*The article is written by Th Babu Singh

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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