Many years ago, J P Naik, the great educational thinker from Pune, had described equality, quality and quantity as the “elusive triangle” of Indian education. Today, school systems in all our states are seeking to provide a high quality educational experience for children, using an inclusive framework.
Quality education results in valuable learning by students, leading to further opportunities for education and work. In our state, this movement has taken the form of Pragat Shikshan Maharashtra —spelled out in this Government Resolution (GR)The objective is that the vast majority of school students must have the opportunity to attain high level skills, regardless of their personal and socio-economic circumstances. /span>
Ultimately, quality refers to valuable and powerful content – knowledge and skills that contribute to capabilities and understanding. Apart from enabling access to further opportunities for learning, quality leads to the development of the learner as a social being. Values, attitudes, commitments, responsibility, mutuality and engagement are all part of this. The learner must be able to take away not just knowledge and skills, but also develop the capacity to realise her potential to the fullest, and to contribute to society.
How teachers interact with learners and with the parents of learners, the environment teachers create in the school, and the meaningfulness of the learning content and the materials they present to learners, all come within our understanding of quality.