A need for a survey at kindergarten level
– What is the percentage of parents who rely solely on schools to provide educational activities for their preschool children?
– Do students getting quality education in average schools have more support at home? What is the percentage of parents that support education at home? What activities do the successful parents do, to support discipline and learning at home?
– How can schools guide parents of children who speak another language at home, as regards after school education support? Do all schools provide enough guidance to these parents? And if they do, what is the percentage of parents who feel it’s important enough to implement them?
– How do parents know that their children are getting a minimum quality of education?
The EducationWorld India School Rankings 2016 recently conducted a survey of schools which I read in the Education Times and my first thought was, is there any authority checking up on the quality of education in the lowest ranked schools.
Do children enter the first standard of school, adequately prepared?
A lot of 10 year olds today can’t write a simple sentence without grammatical errors and can’t read a paragraph of easy text fluently. If they do well in school, it’s because they learn pre-written answers.
My teacher friends tell me that students who can’t speak, write and understand english (at the level appropriate after completing Kindergarten) are being enrolled in the 1st standard. Because there are no exams and all students pass irrespective of the knowledge they have.
So, how do parents know that their children are getting quality education at kindergarten level?
Kindergarten is the base for a child’s future education. The subject matter is easy, but teaching at this level is the most challenging. Teachers need to be very skilled and teaching techniques can and do have a huge impact on a child’s ability with language, which in turn affects comprehension, understanding and confidence in the later years.
A clear cut method of evaluating progress, and keeping children back until they have the knowledge they need, to move on to the next level make sense. What is the point of promoting a child to the next class, when the child is not ready?