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Top 8 Ways To Identify The Right School For Your Child - Edusko

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A boy buys a bottle of cold soft drink to chill on a sunny afternoon. He grabs the cover, opens hastily and gobbles ferociously as the drink rolls down his throat. Abruptly he stops, stares deeply into the details on the bottle, then he angrily throws the remaining drink into the nearest waste bin. The drink is sour –it’s expired. He has bought the brand for the first time and he’s never going to make a repeat purchase.

A parent enrolls a 9 year-old into a beautiful school after a long search throughout the long vacation for a choice school. Only three weeks into the session, the parent realises the school only hides under the façade of beautiful buildings and truly has no value for the exorbitant tuition. What is the parent going to do? Take the child away from the school in the middle of the term or wait until another school year ends, then change school again?

Of course you cannot dispose a mistaken school brand like you would a bottle of bad drink! Parents who don’t want to gamble with the future of their children must investigate in other to ascertain facts about available schools. But what facts really should be investigated? It can be a cumbersome task for parents to know just exactly what features to look out for in a school before registering their wards; that is why edusko puts up this short list below to provide some help to parents.

1. Good learning environment.
Good learning environment goes beyond air conditioned or marble floored rooms; (these are what you’ll find in many private schools nowadays) you should also be concerned about the location of the school such as checking out whether the environment is quiet or it's an industrial noisy area. What are the classes like? Crowded classes are definitely not good for your child. If it's a boarding school, you should be interested in knowing the proximity of the male and female hostels to ensure the safety of your wards.

2. Trained and experienced academic/non-academic staff. Unemployment has increased the number of unmotivated teachers. What we are saying is that many of the teachers you’ll find in schools are neither qualified nor satisfied with the teaching job. Whereas, professionalism and job satisfaction are key to the teaching profession. The right school however, employs trained and passionate teachers. Your wards may be safer in the hands of trained teachers, order than random graduates who lack experience and training of teaching.

3. Welfare of staff. No matter how much a school spends on advertising, words of mouth by staff would make or mar such school brand faster. The right school takes seriously the welfare of its members of staff. A teacher whose salary is delayed is not motivated. When choosing a school for your child, go for a school that takes the welfare of its staff seriously; members of staff are loyal to a school brand that is loyal to them and they want to stay longer with such school. This is worth considering as you would not want your child to be taught by 12 different Mathematics teachers before he finishes his/her secondary school education.

4. Appropriate teaching facilities.
Are there well equipped laboratories, well equipped library; do students have access to computers and internet connection? Are there good sporting facilities in place? Do students have opportunity of excursions and trips to relevant places in the world –local and international? The right school will make provision for skill acquisition programs to help students discover, develop and utilize their God-given talent.

5. Students to teachers ratio.
In some schools, a teacher may have to teach more than two subjects at different levels/classes due to lack of adequate teaching staff. This practice is disadvantageous to students as such teacher becomes a Jack of all trades but master of non. The right school is child-oriented not profit-oriented. A child-oriented school would employ adequate qualified teachers in order to meet the needs of students. Teachers should teach sizeable classes and not a great crowd of pupils.

6. Discipline among teachers and students. You visit a school and students pass you by without saying greetings; students evade school rules and regulations and go scot-free, teachers miss their classes at will and management does nothing serious about it, teachers don’t have class control and cannot administer discipline. A school that allows for any of the above is certainly not the right school for your child.

7. Communication with parents/guardians.
Are parents and guardians involved in important decision making process on matters that affect the wellbeing of students? Does the school communicate with parents and guardians effectively? The right school takes the opinion of parents seriously and carries all stakeholders along in the progress and development of school. Some schools only relate with parents when the issue of school fees comes up, the right school goes steps further, it sees parents and guardians as integral parts of the school that cannot be taken for granted.

8. Image perception. The right school is interested in how its image is perceived outside the school walls. The right school will do anything within its power to build a good reputation through the media, organised events and other means by which its target audience – parents can be reached. The right school does not only win awards, the right school is proud to showcase its achievements and more so, the right school has got people talking about it.

In conclusion, placing a child in a good institution is an important parenting task; one that is becoming increasingly difficult in this part of the world where we have thousands of schools scattered around the country. As difficult as it might be, your quest for it would be rewarding if only you knew the factors that separate good schools from the not-so-good ones and where these good schools are in Africa and beyond.


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