Third Needs Assessment held at Shiksha Sankul, Jaipur, 18.02.2016

Third Needs Assessment held at Shiksha Sankul, Jaipur, 18.02.2016

Key issues faced by school leaders:

  1. Lack of information about laws relating to Child rights, child protection and child development.  Also, a lack of information about the agencies dealing with these issues.
  2. Data Management: Lack of adequate data systems at school. A lack of understanding around the MIS system. Creation of cumulative record cards and long term assessment metrics.
  3. Event Management: It should be a core part of the modules. The school leaders plan and organize many events.
  4. Financial Literacy: Understanding the intricacies of a budget. Maintenance of stock.
  5. Keeping abreast with reforms and innovation: Lack of awareness around modern research and global trends in education.
  6. Social Inclusion: Private school leaders mentioned challenges in integrating children from EWS category.
  7. Counselling: The counselling of school leaders was seen as a great challenge. Leadership support to teaching staff in the moments of crisis.
  8. Government School leaders: Mere administrators and not leaders. A lack of motivated and dedicated teaching staff.
  9. Policy: Private school leaders mentioned government’s interference in the affairs of private schools ranging from setting fees to teacher payment.
  10. Human Resource Management: Managing human resources in a school context is seen as challenging ranging from recruitment to retention.
  11. Negotiation Skills: Negotiation while dealing with the management.
  12. Pre service training programs such as B.Ed are considered obsolete.
  13. Include management in training (people who own the school)
  14. Legal education: The Principals needs to be equipped with legal tools.
  15. How to make student “college ready”?
  16. Learning delegation of responsibilities is very important.
  17. Challenges with government – No autonomy in recruitment of teachers,
  18. Learning to negotiate with management.
  19. How to deal with absenteeism?
  20. How to work in a conflict context like Kashmir valley?
  21. Learning more about corporate social responsibility.
  22. Long term plan for student progress (over all)

Areas where learning is desired by the school leaders:

  1. Financial management.
  2. More information on international best practices.
  3. Information around laws that could be applied in school set up.
  4. Human Resource Management.
  5. Technology and data.
  6. Healthcare.

Broad areas of training identified:

  1. HR Policies and HR management
  2. Financial management
  3. International Best practices
  4. Human Resource
  5. Vocational Education
  6. Documentation
  7. Portal where we can exchange ideas experiences and get solutions.
  8. Legal knowledge
  9. Social Development
  10. Nation Building
  11. Collaborative management
  12. Fund raising – raise money to implement more critical and creative programs
  13. Conflict management
  14. Building better teacher-student relationships.
  15. Enhanced use of technology
  16. Working with community agencies etc.
  17. A principal’s needs to be a visionary and look forward to a training which will enrich and empower to become one.
  18. Learn methodologies to involve management so that I can lead my school in a good way
  19. Learn ways to initiate and incorporate vocational education.

Suggestions for delivery mechanisms:

  1. Case Study and Field Work
  2. It could be two weeks long with a refresher.
  3. Mixture of lectures and videos.
  4. Exercise based modules.
  5. Experience sharing
  6. 2-3-day program
Calem Team

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