2nd School Tech Summit: Maintaining Quality Education in term of Reduced Cost: Leaders Perspective

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Elets Technomedia and digitalLEARNING Magazine are organizing virtual ‘2nd School Tech Summit’ on 31st July, 2020. It will be the second full day conclave of the series. Eminent speakers from the school industry will take discuss the future of school education in the world of post COVID era. The panelists will enlighten the usage of technology and importance of value-based learning in our schools.

Pratibha Mishra, Principal, Panbai International School, Mumbai- The budget is our priority as school leaders. We need to come together to tackle the crisis. There is solution for every challenge.

Pratibha Mishra – We were prepared to provide any kind of assistance to students in this crisis. We convinced parents before starting online classes. Training was given to teachers as things started to change drastically.

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Pratibha Mishra – We have to change the mind-set of teachers towards online education. We need to understand the emotional connect between the parents, teachers and students. School has helped parents through councelling.

Pratibha Mishra – We have cut down unwanted expenses. We started many things online from yoga to martial arts to dance virtually. Teachers co-operated a lot during the COVID.

Pratibha Mishra – We have given the privilege of payment monthly wise to parents. We are not compelling any parents to clear the dues.

Sami Ulla, CEO, Manipal International Schools, Anantapur- Quality is education is misunderstood. We must be clear what we are delivering in schools. The basic structure of any school is to develop the core learning within students.

Sami Ulla – We must understand what is need of the hour. We must get into the digital world and learning skills of students must not be hampered. We must not break the chain.

Sami Ulla – We have to replace the classroom with the digital world. The change must start from teachers and they require proper training to teach in virtual world.

Sami Ulla – Digital world has its own challenges and we went ahead to customize things. We were ready to accept the change. We have to re-work on our expenses and bring down our costs.

Sami Ulla – We were very flexible over the fees and have not enforced any parent to pay the fees.

Sami Ulla – We have given large discounts to parents over fees.

Ramanjit Ghuman, Principal, Oakridge International School, Mohali, Mumbai- We are living in challenging times. We focused on continuous learning. We opened up our resources for students and shared our own devices to students. The focus was on learning. The biggest assets are our teachers.

Ramanjit Ghuman – It was an immense learning experience. We must provide quality and interrupted learning to students.

Dr Sandeep Khanna, Principal, MIT- Vishwashanti Gurukul School, Pune- We are very well-equipped schools and we started online classes on 2nd of April. We have three weeks time to provide proper training to teachers. Initially, there were challenges but out IT team resolved it. Most of our students ar taking online classes.

Dr Sandeep Khanna – We started the virtual classes with assembly sessions and provided them breaks during the classes. We even celebrate the festival virtually.

Dr Sandeep Khanna – We started yoga sessions, dance classes, music sessions and many other activities virtually. These sessions can break the monotonous of students.

Dr Sandeep Khanna – We started taking feedbacks from parents. We have divided our fees structure into six parts. We provide discounts to parents.

Dr Sandeep Khanna – We did sessions for parents on Sunday morning and many participated in these sessions. We provide reliefs to parents.

Dr Sandeep Khanna – Technically, parents have entered the classroom and teachers have to be very careful during their classes.

Anjana Deva, CEO, Mount Litera Zee School, Varanasi- COVID was like Tsunami for all of us. The onus of teaching felt on the solders on teachers. The pandemic has created new ways of teaching. The teachers did a commendable job during the crisis.

Anjana Deva – We started our session from 2nd April with online classes. The pre-primary block was a huge challenge. There was lot of anxiety within parents and teachers.

Anjana Deva – The teachers and parents didn’t lose patience. The hybrid learning will be the new norm for schools. The management of every school must be applauded for making this possible.

Anjana Deva –  The hybrid learning is here to stay. Schools have to be tech savvy for coming days. The parents must be also tech savvy. The mind-set is very important.

Amey Parulekar, Head – Business Development, Financepeer- It’s been challenging times for all of us. The schools must invest on time and train teachers. Technology is here to stay and it can reduce our costs.

Amey Parulekar – We have integrated everything to our platform. From assessment to attendance everything is very clear in our platform. With the help of technology we can look into new things in education.

Amey Parulekar – There are plenty of programmes available now and we must choose what to keep and what not. Security is very important for schools.

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