CHALLENGES OF SCHOOL LEADERS
Policies and Regulations
The 350,000 private unaided schools are regulated by both state and national level policies as well as the boards of affiliations.
School leaders are overwhelmed with the numerous notifications and reforms undertaken by central government, state governments, and the boards to which their schools are affiliated. MHRD, NCERT, State Departments of Education, SCERT, CBSE, ICSC, State Boards set policies and recommendations that they expect all schools to follow.
The regulatory demands from schools creates confusion, insecurities, operational difficulties, and investment of time and other resources.
Most often schools cannot exercise a choice in implementing policies and regulations. To operate schools in an effective and efficient manner, schools must:
Appoint a dedicated resource to track and adhere to all policies and regulations. This will free the school leader to focus on improving quality of education in the school.
Ensure that all stakeholders understand the intended impact of each policy on student learning. This will make it easier for schools to implement any changes that are required.
Equip each stakeholder with the knowledge, skills and resources required to implement the policy.
Collaborate with other schools to find best practices to implement the policy and regulatory changes. Such collaborations can also jointly voice their disagreement toward specific policies that negatively impact students' learning.
ICSL provides its members all the resources and help to adhere to various government policies.
The increasing competition in the K12 school education sector is making it challenging for school leaders to optimally manage various resources.
School leaders are expected to increase effectivity and efficiency of the school. This requires optimal management of all resources - infrastructure, finances, and most importantly the human resources. Challenges in managing resources can be broadly categorised into three areas:
competing with new schools that offer modern infrastructure,
managing the financial needs of the school for growth, and
recruiting and retaining the best team of teachers.
Efficient and effective resource management in schools requires policies, processes, and practices that focus on productivity. School leaders must work on:
Collaborating and cooperating with other organisations,
Creating a positive and professional work culture.
ICSL provides its members all the resources and help to build the right practices and systems to manage resources.
The internet has emerged as the strongest influencer of consumer behaviour. Today's consumer has high expectations and demands quality services.
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School leaders are finding it increasingly challenging to manage the two most critical stakeholders - students and parents. Parents have begun to voice their dissent on academic and administrative issues more openly and frequently. The social media has given them a platform to voice their concerns and dissatisfaction with the schools. Social media has also changed the behaviour of the students toward learning and schools. For most students, schools have become a place to socialise rather than engage in learning activities.
The socially-evolved students parents want more engagement and higher levels of transparency. Taking a cue from other industries school leaders will need to find better consumer-engagement and service models. This will require schools to:
Increase the involvement of students and parents in decision making,
Redefine the student and parents rulebooks and communication strategies.
ICSL provides its members all the resources and help on issues concerning parents and students.
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