It’s not an easy process for a child to go through the transition from staying at home to go to schools for a good number of hours every day. This is also not an easy task for the parents to stay away from their child for a long time because of the anxiety of their child’s well-being in school.
Here are a few points each parent wants from the school and the school management for the well-being of their child as well as for themselves.
Schools should be safe
In this age of society, where we do not know who stays next to our house, it’s sometimes scary to think our child stays for a considerable time in schools with strangers. Disgusting news every now and then from schools and around the country makes us more nervous.
Every parent wants, the school campus should be safe and secure. It should be equipped with CCTV and scare away bad people. Transportation medium should have all the safety features with a well-trained driver and a helper.
Schools should impart happiness on children
This is the most important thing every parent wants from school. School should promote a bully-free environment (from the teachers as well as from fellow students). It is scientifically proved that; a bullied child becomes aggressive at the later stage of life and may cause multiple psychological problems to the poor soul.
The sports program is not for showcasing. It is observed that in many schools, they try their best to train only a few children so that they could get a few medals for the school. This mentality can be destructive for children. It’s not the medals for the school that matters for any parents, rather it’s the training program for every child that helps in their health and mental well-being. Pay equal attention to each student for the sports program.
Of course, no one can deny providing all necessary facilities for the star performers to excel in their respective fields which also bring a good reputation for the school.
Let the parents involved in the development of their child
It’s not very uncommon in many schools that when parents ask anything about the child/school they get an answer “We are here, no need to worry”. We took admission because we know you are there. That does not mean parents should not enquire about the school and their child. Keep them involved throughout for the peace of mind of parents as well as of school management.
Childhood and Teenage is the time when the child gets a direction on which field he/she can excel. It’s expected from school that, it involves all children in different extracurricular activities. Debate, painting, drawing, public speaking, dancing, star gazing, bird watching, tree planting, volunteering, helping the less-fortunate, team-leading etc. to name a few give a multitude of benefits to students and each student should be given fair chance to participate in all activities.
Parents expect that teachers notice the hidden talents in the child and encourage/facilitate them to excel in that.
Facilities in the schools
It is observed that while taking admission, school talks about vast facilities available in the school. But at the later point, it is realized that most of them are rarely allowed to be used. Parents expect a clear idea about the facilities provided by the schools.
If the child is in preschool
- It’s expected that the premises are very clean and hygienic.
- Each child is carefully observed and for anything which could affect other children, should be addressed immediately. Like, fever, cough, injuries should be reported to the parents immediately and advised to keep such students away to avoid any infection to other children in the batch.
For middle school
- while allowing usage of facilities, a system should be in place to keep a close eye on students to keep away from any mishap.
For high school students
A proper guideline should be available and students are made to follow along with supervision while using facilities, to avoid any unwarranted incidents.
Each school is expected to have a well-equipped library. Libraries are not for increasing the beauty of the school. Let the students use it as much as possible. Have enough section of books for each age group. Allow them to borrow as many books they could read without affecting their regular studies. It’s observed that library usage in schools are too restricted in many schools which intern restricts the curios minds in tender age.
It’s easy to showcase the high standard books used but are the teaching staff well trained and experienced to handle the assigned age group? Each parent expects that our children are not guinea-pigs to experiment on with unexperienced and unqualified teachers. Make sure the teaching staff exceed all parameters to teach a class.
It’s very easy to inflate expenses and ask parents to pay for it. A good school does not ask for money from parents every now and then for newly discovered activities or so. Please note, parents have limitations on inflating budget too. Give clear cut expense idea to parents and if possible, give each expense details in writing from the beginning.
The reputation of the school
No parent will ever want to send their child to a bad reputed school. Keep the school reputation high. A reputed school brings peace of minds to parents as it assures their wards in good hands.
Let Parents connect to the school
Let the parents feel connected to the school.
- Revolting parents only bring bad reputation to the school in long term. Let them be part of the school family.
- Recent pandemic has exposed many loopholes in school management with their exorbitant claim of fees leading to many revolting parents. If expenses are there keep parents in the loop.
- Be gentle while dealing with parents. They are human being too. Also, you can say you are showing favour to the parents by educating their child, but remember, they also show you a favour by funding your life. It’s not one-way road ever for both schools and parents.
- Train your front office receptionist to be gentle and not be harsh on curious parents.
A Happy teacher is a Good teacher
Every parent wants that teacher in charge of their ward is a happy person. A happy, smiling teacher enjoys his/her job the most and delivers the best possible education for the children. Angry teachers were only good in ancient stories. Not in the modern age.