Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Aiming to impart the importance of quality education to schools, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Puducherry inaugurated a two-day “Education Excellence Programme for Schools” on Thursday. CII in association with the CII Institute of Quality (IQ), Bangalore designed the programme with the objective of creating awareness of working in teams, improved communication across the institution, transparency, better utilisation of assets and resources, benchmarking, more involvement of staff and parents, improved school results and better school image.

Administrators, principals, headmasters, heads of departments and senior teachers of schools took part in the programme. The fundamentals of quality, principles of Total Quality Education (TQM), TQM in education, educational processes with measurements, integration and excellence frameworks for the schools were imparted to the participants.

Stressing on the need for quality education, Chairman of CII Puducherry State Council Sriram Subramanya said the thrust should be on innovation in teaching methodology. He said apart from learning, there were three important functions in the classroom: to develop problem solving skills, to develop creative abilities and to develop curiosity and an inquisitive spirit.

To improve the quality of the key input to the industry, human resource, CII had taken initiatives to impart quality at the grass-root level starting from schools, he said. In the last two years, CII IQ has conducted around 200 training programmes covering 5,000 school administrators and teachers from government and private schools across the country.

Mr. Subramanya said the CII Puducherry would organise a few more sessions of Educational Excellence Programme for government schools and colleges here. It would create two separate clusters of quality education for schools and colleges, he added. Addressing the gathering, Senior Counsellor, Education Excellence, CII IQ A. Senthil Kumaran said four A’s namely Awareness, Assessment, Acceptance and Attitude were essential qualities to impart excellence in learning. Lectures, discussions and case studies were part of the programme. Convenor, Education Panel, CII Puducherry M. Kumar spoke.