Improving the Standard & Quality of Education
Quality education is the education that best fits the present and future needs of the particular learners in question and the community, given the particular circumstances and prospects. Following points illustrates it further :
The challenge to all education is to lay the foundation for change and at the same time to maintain the best qualities of the present. Every new generation must learn how to improve and develop society, but at the same time be able to base these changes on the traditions and achievements already established in society. Education has to encourage the capacities of young people in a society that has to recognize all these capacities before using them. There is a complex interrelation between education and society. Education is in some ways a mirror of society, but at the same time a factor influencing its development.
Quality is to learn the right things and to learn them well. It is not good enough to learn the right things only half well, and it may be even worse to learn the wrong things well. It can be noted that education in many parts of the world do not deal with what is sometimes referred to as life skills.
Quality in education is a concept which is rapidly evolving over time, but has also different emphasis according to different national education sectors, cultures and different players in the education system – students, teachers, policymakers, the business community, unions, etc.
Education is always, in one sense or another, preparing individuals for the future. Young people and children must be given through education the tools to deal with the different tasks that they will need to perform in their lives. They must be helped to prepare themselves for their private lives, but equally be prepared to participate in the economic, cultural and political life of their societies. Education must help young people and children to develop themselves as individuals. They must learn the necessary skills and achieve the essential knowledge that will make it possible for them to play an active part in economic life. As citizens they must learn to be critical and responsible. In today’s world there is also a need to prepare young people and children to understand and participate in activities at an international level.
It is important to recognize that education has not only an instrumental purpose, to prepare individuals for the labour market and to be citizens, but is also a good in itself.
Quality cannot be seen as a static concept. Quality and standards are in fact relative matters - relative to the particular time and place and to particular learners and their circumstances. One important aspect of quality is the relevance of the subjects taught and the objectives of education. Quality education is an education that provides students with the tools to deal with and find solutions to the challenges confronting mankind. In a changing world this means that what was considered quality education yesterday might not meet the standard of what will be understood as quality tomorrow. This is particularly true at present if we take into consideration the rapid changes created by new technologies. There is a need to discuss this concept continuously and to define and redefine it.
Basic skills, such as reading, writing and arithmetic, have to be regarded as essential parts of all quality education. The attainment of basic competencies is necessary before further progression can be made within a quality system.
Teachers must teach about values not just through the substantive content of their teaching, but also by using teaching methods, which will integrate democracy, interaction, equality, respect and co-operation as parts of the work in schools/institutions. In these areas teachers must be role models. This is only possible when teachers’ professional status is recognized and when they are given the appropriate support to fulfill their tasks.
Quality education should not be regarded as a process of consumption, but as a process of interaction between teachers and students. Education must aim at giving students the opportunities for personal development and confidence to adapt to new situations as well as to change these when they find it necessary. Education can never be a neutral process; it will always be value based. The balance between objective “facts” and questioning these facts represents a great challenge to the professional teacher.