: Panellists at the session on ‘Integrating quality in pubic education system’ on the second day of ‘Development dialogue’ here on Thursday felt that involving stakeholders at every step and joining hands with committed organisations would go a long way in improving the quality of the public education system.

Maya Menon, founder-director of The Teacher Foundation, emphasised the need for quality teaching and said for that to happen teachers should be trained in a manner that would lead to effective teaching through simple methods.

Competitive attitude

Elaborating on the kind of work being done by her foundation, Ms. Menon said there was need for teachers to adopt methods of effective teaching that were simple to follow and they should also work on skills and language.V.R. Prasanna, chief operating officer of Shikshana Foundation, stressed the need for encouraging students to read and be expressive. He said rewarding students during classes would help develop a competitive attitude among students.

Chanchalapathi Dasa, vice-chairman of Akshaya Patra Foundation, said it was difficult to teach students who were on an empty stomach because of which the midday meal scheme came into existence.

He said it was easy to work with government departments when one learnt the “language of the government” and how the government machinery functioned.

In the discussion that followed the panellists discussed issues that involved improving the quality of education and concluded that improvement was possible through active involvement of all stakeholders.

‘Teachers must adopt methods of effective teaching that are simple to follow’