7 Important Roles of A School Principal

7 Important Roles of A School Principal

7 Important roles of a school principal

A Principal’s role may vary depending upon the team size/structure of a school. Some startups may not have CFOs, CMOs or CIOs and other similar roles. In such cases a Principal is required to step into additional domains and play his/her role. In principle, a principal has to ensure sold grip in the following areas:

1-      Collaboration with Parents, Teachers and Students to identify areas of improvement

  • Surveys – Many free survey services such as SurveyMonkey, Research.net are available. If the school website is based on WordPress, then several free and paid plugins are available. Please check our polls and opinion section. 
  • Parents teacher meeting – While most of the PTMs are attended by the teachers, yet principal should ensure his/her presence in some of the meetings to hear directly from parents. This will not only give him direct feedback about school policies, teaching quality and general management but also give parents a sense of confidence that their feedback was received by the principal directly. This approach will improve school’s respect in society. 
  • “Reach the Principal” mechanism on website and social forums – A dedicated button on the website may be added that should be linked to a form where user can fill in the information, provide feedback, ask a specific question to the principal. Remember, a disclaimer or a guidance need to be provided on this page so that people should only contact the principal if their concern is related to the principal itself. Else they should fill out another form to contact Administration Department. This will ensure principal does not get bombarded by irrelevant messages.
  • Open door policy for Students and teachers – Once in a while, Principal should offer open-door policy for the students to get the opinions from students.
  • Anonymous Feedback Mechanism – An anonymous feedback mechanism should also be promoted so that students can provide honest feedback without being worried of getting identified.

2-      Stay abreast of new techniques and Educational Trends

  • Membership of forums – There are many focus groups where new ideas, recommendations or brainstorming of different educational philosophies are discussed. It will be a great initiative from the principal to encourage the staff in respective domains to spend 30-60 minutes each week on such forums, pick some of the important points (which may add value to their institute) and discuss in monthly school meetings.  
  • Focus Groups – Focus Groups should only limited to the education aspects, instead it may consider new/different teaching techniques, new technologies’ reviews, better accounts and finance management, improved governance and so on.

3-      Maintaining Financial Targets

  • Revenues – One of the prime goals of a school is to ensure that revenues are maintained and improved. Definitely it is linked with ensuring more admissions in the school, providing additional after-school services to students, providing parenting sessions, additional computer courses and skills, providing transport services for students. The principal need to work with Marketing and Product teams to work on new and better mechanisms for improving the revenues of the school. Also, monthly revenue reports must be reviewed with respective teams. Principal should also introduce rewards for the staff who come up with new ideas for producing more revenues.
  • Expense Control – A principle should have a close eye on the expenses. Since running a school involves a large number of procurement activities and several aspects of operational expenses, hence it is imperative for principal to have a deep dive on the expenses (Fixed as well as running expenses). A strong audit mechanism and procurement process must be in place to avoid mistakes and frauds. Read this article on how to reduce business expenses
  • Important: In the name of increasing revenues and decreasing expenses, a principal must ensure that quality of education, staff, infrastructure is not compromised or else it will be short term gain but long term pain.

4-      Facilities, Maintenance and Support Services

  • While the main focus of school is to ensure top quality study, yet infrastructure related services such as (Play areas, classrooms, halls, shops, uniform and book stores cannot be avoided.
  • Our blog “55 signs of a great school” is a good starting point to identify the week areas and to divert the focus for improvement.
  • Fixed Assets & Write off planning – Quarter and annual reports must be reviewed by principal to see what assets require write off. A visionary process should be in place to recover as much money as possible. The assets can be re-used, re-furbished and/or re-sold to similar niche of businesses

5-      Curriculum Adherence and Enhancements

  • Compliance – Local bodies compliance as well as continuous enhancement as per international standards is one of the key priorities of a principal.
  • Quality – Quality of courses’ contents should be assured through benchmarking mechanism.  
  • Developing and implementing School Programs [Educational as well as extracurricular activities)
  • Once in a while, the principal should demand “market analysis report” from his team. Such reports should be based on comparison against the rest of the schools in the vicinity and global educational institute. A visionary principal believes in continuous improvement which can be attained through persistent audits.  

6-      Enforcement of Rules and Regulations

  • Attendance system [For staff as well as for students]  – There are many thumb scanning or card based access systems available that may be used to deploy an accurate attendance system. 
  • Parents and Student portal – School Management Websites / Portals are available that can help on this subject.
  • Teachers’ portal – School Management Websites / Portals are available that can help on this subject.

7-      Qualities of Teachers and Teaching

Great education is achieved via Great education system, State of the art tools and techniques and off-course best in class teachers. Hence teaching aspect cannot be overlooked. This can be achieved via:

  • Qualitative Hiring process
  • Teachers’ training and Knowledge Upgrade Audits
  • New soft skills development (Communication skills, presentation skills, IT skills)

8-      Other Skills of a School Principal:

In order to bring excellence in the above mentioned domains, a principal need to develop and improve below personality traits:

  • Analytical Skills – Should be able to propose new Dashboard
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • People Evaluation Skills
  • Financial Audit Skills
  • Process Improvement Skills
  • Customer Experience Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • People Management Skills

·       Reference: LiveCareer       ThoughtCo           TheBalanceCareer

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How to Establish, Operate and Sustain An Orphanage Effectively – 24 Critical Points – A Full Guide

How to Establish, Operate and Sustain An Orphanage Effectively – 24 Critical Points – A Full Guide

With continuous increase in population on the planet and high rate of sudden death of young parents, it is imperative that new orphanages are established and operated in our societies. While most of the governments across the world are not economically strong enough to execute and sustain such projects, it is saddening to see that not many rich people pay attention to this critical social cause. 

If you are reading this article and care about this cause, please try inspiring at least one rich person on earth. Even if you do not know any rich person or philanthropist in your social circle, simply share this article on your social media, because you never know who re-share / re-publish it to inspire someone somewhere. Your little effort may result in huge benefit to hundreds (or probably thousands) of orphans. Right?

Let us start the guide on how to run an orphanage

1- Land Purchase for Orphanage

  • If you are planning for a small scale orphan-house, you may need a small piece of land or even using a couple of rooms in an existing home to start this amazing God-pleasing activity.  Tip: Please go through the rest of the activities mentioned below and setup your orphanage. 
  • For a professional orphanage, if practically possible, consider buying a large size land even if you have to purchase on the outskirts of the city. Reason being, you will end up needing more space for accommodating more and more orphans pretty soon because society does not allow orphans to survive alone. If you have limited budget and cannot purchase large area, yet you should not shun your thoughts about working on this project. Just go-ahead and purchase the land whatever size falls in your budgetary range.
  • Before your purchase the land, consider a solid plan on what exactly you are going to have as part of orphanage. Check out “Architecture Planning” section of this article to get more insightful approach on this subject.

2- Budgeting and Financial Planning

  • Explore different Sources of income. Remember the fact that you will need to have enough money for ‘Fixed’ as well as ‘Variable’ Expenses.
    • Fixed expenses are the ones that you need to invest once; such as land purchase, construction, IT setup, fit out, furniture and etcetera
    • Variable costs include bills, staff salaries, food, clothing, education, wear and tear of equipment and so on. Tip: Please read the fund raising section for getting more ideas on how to collect money for your project.
  • An effective orphanage should work to attain the state of self-dependency instead of relying on donations. Following are some of the approaches that may be considered:  
    • Opening commercial shops on the ground floor of orphanage and earning rental money
    • Teaching sewing skills to orphans and then selling the clothes stitched by orphans. 
  • It is better to do the monthly budgeting covering the costs of clothing, food, books, haircuts, washroom accessories which should be based on the number of orphans. This will help ensure better planning for meeting the financial needs of the orphanage.
  • The orphanage should target to keep enough funds for at least 6 months (up to one year) though more is better (to manage unexpected needs of children)

How to establish, operate and sustain an orphanage

3- Funds Raising Activities

  • Use word wide famous portals such as Gofundme (or any other similar ones). Create your account and start marketing it using social media. Read this detailed article about 9 Unique Crowdfunding Platforms for Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Place a donate Button on the Orphanage Website and link it with your bank or PayPal Account. Tip: If you plan to establish an orphanage or if you are already running an orphanage, please contact me to build a website for you Free of Cost.
  • If you can, contact politicians, businessmen or your local government bodies to seek support for the noble cause. Share your detailed plan to convince them.
  • Publish detailed financial report on the website on monthly basis. Providing transparency to the people will enable you winning the trust of people that would result in securing more funds.
  • Muslims across the globe donate millions (if not billions) of dollars under zakat (Islamic mandatory annual tax for poor). So, if you are living in an Islamic country, launch a local campaign and seek help from common people.
  • Search to find websites, NGOs, Facebook pages related to education, charity, orphans and donations.   

4- Architecture Planning

  • In order to estimate the size of the orphanage, in line with the available budget, please consider following services for Orphanage. Note: these services may not be mandatory yet good-to-consider; after all you are working on a great cause and want to give your hundred percent J
    • At least one Multipurpose Hall for living (sleeping, resting, cloth keeping etc.)
    • At least one multipurpose hall for Indoor activities (Sports, Dining, TV watching, etc.)
    • At least one multipurpose hall for studies (Library, Study Room and Computer Room, skillset training etc.)
    • One multipurpose store (for keeping food supplies, extra clothing, bed, blankets etc.)
    • Adequate number of washrooms
    • Prayer Room / Religious Education Room
    • Other Areas (Security cabin, kitchen, laundry, store room etc.)
  • Now that you have estimated the size of the orphanage, it’s time to consider other design aspects in order to finalize your planning phase. Following are the general expenses and space requirements you should be considering:
  • Camera’s / CCTV deployment
  • Telecom and IT setup
  • Washing Machines, Cooking Range, etcetera

5- Constructing The Building

  • If you have a Facebook page for your project, publish the details of your requirements on your page and request the building construction contractors to provide you the quote with minimum profit margins.
  • Apart from your own Facebook page, search for the builder’s websites (in your area) or if possible visit their offices to discuss the project. Request them to provide you the best of the best quote for the construction of building. You never know, a kind-hearted developer comes up with the most suitable plan.
  • If you are not construction expert, try outsourcing the project management and supervision to a company who would design the architecture, get it approved by municipality and provide on-site audit reports on weekly basis.
  • Remember the fact that society is full of unethical or corrupt people hence do not get impressed by the fancy talks of the building contractors, instead build a professional detailed plan covering time based deliverables, cost of deployment, number and types of materials and monthly quality compliance reports submission. 

6- Fit out setup of the Orphanage

Do not perform actions on “as you go” basis, instead spend time on planning so that you can avoid any risk of doing mistakes. For the fit-out, you need to focus on the low level details on things, their costs, their usability, warranty, design, capacity and size. Make a list of items that are critically needed, discuss with your colleagues, partners to edit and refine the list. Once finalized start working on purchasing the items. Always start with the most critical ones and avoid the least usable as much as possible. Your time, money and efforts are important so do things right from start. Following are the areas that you should be focusing on:

  • Security and IT Room Setup
  • Bed and Rest Hall Setup
  • Gaming Area Setup
  • Education and Skills Development Hall Setup
  • Kitchen Setup
  • Store Allocation
  • Enough Power Sockets
  • Shops Setup
  • IT Setup
  • CCTV Cameras Development

7- Marketing and Promotion

  • Create a buzz in the vicinity as well as city and even country level. Broadcast pictures and videos on social media even during the planning and construction phase. Use website marketing, Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp etc.)
  • Once operational, organize events such as “A Day in The Orphanage” or “Life of an orphanage” or “Orphanage life cycle” and invite industry icons to attend.
  • Try reaching Media-houses chairmen, TV anchors and journalists, Newspapers writers and bloggers.
  • Write and publish a detailed article on Quora that should link back to your website. Target to divert as much traffic to your website as possible. Remember the fact that the more traffic your website gets, the more respect from Search Engines your website earns which means you get famous soon (which is one the targets for running the orphanage)
  • Maintain a Facebook page and keep publishing every day activities. Request people to share on their social media
  • Hire a dedicated agent (or a permanent staff) who can establish a mailing group to broadcast news related to the orphanage, who can produce encouraging and appealing articles that can be sent to rich people of society, who can work on fund raising activities. Tip: Read social media management section of this article. [This article is about how to run an orphanage]

8- Managing Basic Needs of Orphans

  • Establish a decent-size storeroom in the orphanage and keep ample supply of food, clothing, bedding, sweaters, shoes, caps, socks, pillows, blankets, note books, pencils, general stationary and etc.  
  • Always plan 6 months in advance for keeping the supply. In case of shortage of funds, please engage your IT team to start the campaigns (on social media or local areas) to secure funds for this.
  • Please note that there would be many operational aspects that can be compromised during financial crisis. What cannot be compromised is the basic needs of the orphans (food, clothing etc.) hence careful planning need to be ensured.

9- Cleaning and Maintaining The Orphanage

  • You need to hire facilities management professional who will not only take care of the premises but also ensure timely bill payment for Electricity, Internet, telephony etc.
  • Maintenance, if carefully done, enhances the life of things. If washroom tiles are washed frequently, windows are cleaned frequently, refrigerators and all electrical appliances are taken care of properly, will help reducing the wear and tear. Else, you may end of replacing the stuff that would be costlier.
  • Store cleaning once in a while will help avoiding loss of stuff (termites’ issues, food expiry issues, insects’ issues, odor issues and so on)

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10- Addressing Educational Needs of Orphans

  • Ideally speaking orphanage should sign a deal with any good schooling system to provide education to orphans either free of cost or at very nominal fee
  • Orphanage should arrange the transportation for pick-up and drop of kids to/from the school. Cost for this can be saved if a nearby school is chosen.
  • Kids van may be painted using meaningful messages for the society to contribute for the orphans’ education.
  • Run a campaign on the orphanage website and request the community to provide their old books so that orphans can get benefit from those books. These can be curriculum books or any general knowledge ones.
  • If there are computers available in the orphanage, dedicate one to two hours every day during which children should visits the mathematics and online kids’ learning websites. Remember there are wide variety of websites where kids can learn, play and collaborate.

11- Future Planning of Orphans

  • Work with mainstream colleges and universities and request them to offer scholarships for the bright students.  
  • Request the institutes to allocate quota for the orphans
  • Ask the orphans to support the orphanage when they become professionals.
  • Check out the “Campaign” section of this article on how you can work on prosperous future of the orphans through community support.
  • Visit local markets and shops and request the business owners to hire their staff from the orphanage. Note: Consider age restriction laws of your country.

12- Engaging Orphans in Sports and Physical Activities

  • Indoor Games such as Chess, scrabble, checkers, carom-board, table tennis, etc. do not require a lot of investments. Consider these games for the kids.
  • Brain games should also be planned. With the advancement of technology, several games on logic, town trivia, planning and strategy are available on Windows platform, IOS and Google Play Store.
  • In order to keep orphans abreast of latest enhancement educational games should also be promoted. To make the learning process more interesting and worthwhile, frequent competitions to be held across different groups of students.
  • Nothing can beat the effectiveness of outdoor activities as it builds confidence, enhances patience, promotes mental and physical heal and improves inter-personal relationships. So, if enough space is available within the orphanage area or if play grounds are nearby, it is highly recommended to take the orphans to such places frequently.  

13- Website Establishment and Professional Email address

  • Website development typically involves following:
    • Domain Name Finalization – [example: orphansfuture.com]. Domains can be purchased from any registrar such as Godaddy or namecheap
    • Hosting – Online computer (aka ‘cloud’) where the website contents will be placed. Usually hosting is available from $3 to $10 per month from many service providers.
    • Website development – The process of website creation is called website development. Typically, it involves design (look and feel), contents, picture, videos etc. As I mentioned above, if you intend to work on an orphanage project please contact me and I will be happy to create a website for you free of cost.

14- Social Media Management

  • In order to run an effective Orphanage, it is recommended that you hire a person who takes care of IT needs of the orphanage. This includes Social Media Accounts management such as posting picture and articles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. More and more updates on social media helps attract more audience which will be beneficial for the orphanage in terms of getting more funds and local support.
  • The IT staff should also be working to create mailing groups and establishing Email Listing in order to broadcast the orphanage pictures so that more and more people are engaged and encouraged to provide financial support.

15- Skills and Training of Orphans

  • This is one of the most critical points in my opinion. An orphanage should not be limited to taking care of shelter and food for orphans, instead there has to be a solid vision followed by proper planning to transform an orphan into a useful society member.  This means, there should be focus on Technical, Educational, futuristic aspects for each orphan. Based on orphans’ age, they should be taught different skills (electricity, plumbing, blogging, sewing and so on). Some skills can be taught in-house (cognitive skills, internet exposure, English speaking, sewing etc. whereas advanced skills (wiring, plumbing, garage) can be taught through professional schools.   
  • There are many free online learning tools (trainings, detailed videos, certifications etc.) Orphans should be encouraged to learn and polish their skills.
  • Orphanage team should work with Government entities, Schools and local NGOs who can sponsor orphans for their skills development 

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16- Integration with NGOs

  • Plan to work closely with other NGOs.
    • Check what other services other NGOs are offering that you should be adding to your portfolio.
    • Offer services to other NGOs that you are good at.
    • Plan day-out events with different orphanages
    • Collaborate on the fund-raising activities
    • Promote each other’s events on the respective websites and increase the foot-print on internet.
    • If you have received extra donations in your store, share with them
    • Arrange staff meetings on both sides and see what skills can be learnt and taught to each other
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17- Orphan Adoption System

  • There are thousands of people who would like to adopt orphans. Your website should help them on this matter. As explained in the “Campaigns’ and “Orphans Specific Record Management” sections of this article, the website should have detailed information about the orphans. This will encourage people to adopt orphans.
  • With you love and care, an orphan becomes more ‘attractive’ (in terms of manners, outlook and speech) consequently it is high likely that he/she will be adopted by a decent family.
  • Before handing over of an orphan, you need to demand certain documentation from the new ‘parents’. This should include local police clearance certificate, identity cards of the parents and their home address. This is for your record management that the orphan was handed over with preliminary checks.
  • At the time of handover, you need to get sign-off on a formal paper that the orphan was in good health at the time of handover.  This paper should have general instructions on what need to be taken care of after the adoption is completed. (this does not have to be complex, yet precise)

18- Registration Process with Respective Authorities

  • In order to avoid any tax conflict or any audit by municipality, consult the right people in your community. Acquire the right information about registration process and initiate the process at early stage.
  • You may visit any existing orphanage to gather information and to seek guidance.

19- Staff Hiring Consideration

  • Some of the vital staffs that you need are Security Guard, IT person, Facility Management person, Cook, Cleaning worker and driver (optional). 
  • While a staff is supposed to be professional with a proof of specific skillset and work experience, it is recommended that certain qualities such as kindheartedness, high EQ, good empathy levels are considered since interaction with orphans is a job that requires cleanliness of heart & soul and a lot of patience and persistence. People with soft-heart are the best ones for such roles. Remember the fact that orphans are less fortunate members of society and may have not learnt the ethics and manners so, they need to be treated softly permanently. Hence a hard-nature person may not fit well in the orphanage.

20- Donation Boxes Installation

  • If it requires permission from your local town authority, get the necessary approvals done and place a donation box in front of Orphanage and if possible, try installing at multiple locations within your vicinity. You will be surprised to receive a lot clothes, toys, gifts and books from your local community.
  • Clearly mention on the donation box about what is expected from the community in terms of donations (books, toys, shoes, clothes etc.) and what is prohibited (under garments, food items, liquid products etc.)

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21- Campaigns Management

  • Adopt an orphan – From an orphan’s perspective, nothing can replace the benefits of a proper home. It will be a great achievement if you are able to find a caring family for an orphan. Hence, as much as possible, strive to find a good home for each of your orphans. On your website, publish full records and pictures of your orphans that will help people adopt the orphans. Proper social media campaigns, print media campaigns, local new paper advertisement and possible ways to promote such campaigns should be considered.
  • Feed an orphan – There could be many people who cannot take an orphan to their home, yet they have a big heart to take the ownership of orphan’s food. Create and Run a campaign on the website where full details of the food requirements for an orphan is published (example: x liters of milk, 10-15 meals a week each costing 1$ etc.) Encourage people to opt in monthly contribution through Patreon or any similar service through which you are able to receive monthly donations.
  • Educate an orphan – Similar to the “Feed and orphan” campaign, publish the educational needs of different categories of orphans and seek support from Educating an Orphan Campaign. One of the most important visions you should have is to secure the future of orphans through best-in-class education support.

22- Orphan Specific Record Management

Maintaining orphan’s record should be done with care.

  • Basic Records
    • Date on which orphan joined
    • Fresh Picture (and annual pictures)
    • Prepare a detailed document about the orphan (who brought him/her to the orphanage, what was his condition, any health test was done, any vaccination was done, any abnormality observed)
  • Registration of Orphan with Government
    • Check local laws on how to register the orphans. Do whatever is needful
    • Apply for national identity card
  • Detailed Records Management
    • Try to update the records on monthly basis (preferably in digital file) for everything related to each orphan. Make proper excel files about what a specific orphan likes or dislikes, what are his personality traits etc. This records will you plan for his future. Also will help you to finding a good family for adoption.

23- Expense Check List for Orphan

Try to create a dedicated page on your website where you can publish monthly charges per orphan. Please note that there are many wealthy people who would love to provide monthly donations based on per-orphan-expenses. There could be many kind hearted people who cannot adopt an orphan but they can sponsor a specific number of orphans. The more detailed information you are able to provide on your website, the more confidence and trust you develop with philanthropists. If possible, publish monthly reports on the website and try to send these reports to all the sponsors to let them feel great about what they are doing. This will encourage them as well as others to contribute more towards this noble cause.

24- Sustaining an Orphanage

Great projects must be sustained for longer. Sustaining an orphanage is all about availability of enough cash (for at least one year) and commitment of the orphanage owner or executive committee.  Following are some recommendations on this subject.

  • Monthly cash flow report must be reviewed. This includes detailed analysis as well as audit of expenses
  • Always find better ways to control the expenses (buying stuff in bulk, finding cheap but qualitative suppliers), signing yearly contracts with suppliers.
  • Keep searching for sponsors for different categories of expenses. For example: search of a company that has Corporate Social Responsibility Policy to support noble causes. Contact them and ask them to sponsor the food expenses for one year. Find another company that can take care of clothes requirements of the orphans. Contact a mattress company and request them to sponsor 10-20 mattresses and so on.
  • Keep on finding ways on how to establish a self-sustaining orphanage. How the orphanage can produce revenue (such as renting out space for shop, sewing clothes and selling, making footballs, Online teaching, website development and so on.

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Corona has disturbed the education ecosystem as a result of which several problems of online classes have emerged. Schools have adopted online methods of teaching however there are numerous critical problems associated with this approach. It is important that institutions, in collaboration with parents and respective stakeholders, work tirelessly to come up with strategies and action plans to resolve (or reduce the impact of ) these challenges. Below is a list of 24 problems of online classes

24 Disadvantages of Online Classes (E-Learning)

  1. Teachers cannot see what students are doing which directly impacts the quality of education as teachers cannot supervise the students properly.
  2. During normal school hours kids do a lot of physical movement in breaks whereas during online classes no major physical activity happens which leads to kids’ health issues.
  3. Kids learn a lot from each other when they socialize in school. Socializing results in exchange of information and ideas, establishes mutual trust and emotional bonding with each other and improves several personality traits. Online classes directly impact the grooming of kids.
  4. Due to continuous sitting in front of the screen, kids’ eyesight gets impacted or may lead to back issues due to extended sitting in the same posture.
  5. Families with more than one kid have to purchase additional tabs or computers which is a major cost for many middle-class parents.
  6. Many parents and kids have to face IT and network related problems. Families that do not have much exposure to technology suffer a lot due to this.
  7. Teachers cannot judge the level of comprehension of students and sometimes unable to provide ‘additional’ explanations to students. Usually, in regular classroom teaching, teachers can easily judge if the students are not grasping the concepts and he/she can exert extra efforts to let kids fathom the concepts.online classes
  8. Many schools do not have a mechanism to check online homework. Teachers cannot check students’ textbooks, copy books and work books . Many students take ‘advantage’ of this and do not complete home assignments.
  9. Students may not follow instructions and rules and do not comply, knowing that school can’t do anything.
  10. Students and parents are not comfortable with the new ways of class tests and have to put extra effort into learning new mechanisms.
  11. Some students can easily deceive the exam system and take help from their siblings to pass the exam.
  12. Students can easily skip classes. Even if the teacher takes the attendance at start, it is quite easy for student to miss it for the rest of the class tenure
  13. Due to no interaction with class fellowes, students get bored which leads to distraction from study
  14. Students can play online games or watch videos while being ‘present’ in online class.
  15. Students may get distracted due to mic issues, speakers issues or other computer issues [such as patch upgrades, software restart etc]
  16. Students may take extended breaks for water or for washroom which may result in missing important parts of lessons.
  17. Since the students do not have to wake up early and get ready for school, they tend to sleep late which makes them dizzy during the class. Some students may fall asleep during the class. Sleeping late also impacts their health.
  18. Many students cannot practice what the teacher has taught. This lowers their graph of learning.
  19. Students do not get personal attention from the teacher in general and for specific problems.
  20. Some teachers do not produce qualitative presentations for kids to elaborate the contents.
  21. Students keep calling their parents for many small matters which creates stress for the parents.
  22. If one sibling makes noise, others can no longer pay attention to their classes. Small/medium size homes do not have adequate numbers of rooms to manage this.
  23. Some schools are charging extra fees for the online softwares, apps development and other IT services which is an additional burden on parents.
  24. To provide comfortable learning environments, students need a dedicated study table and overall setup. Families with 2 or more kids cannot purchase and manage extra furniture due to space and money constraints.

6 Advantages of Online Classes (E-Learning)

  1. Parents do not have to worry about making their kids ready for school early morning. They don’t need to make sure if the uniform is pressed, the kids’ school bag is ready and their lunch box is packed.
  2. Parents can monitor how their child is studying in the class. How much does he/she participate in the class. Parents can also get a feeling on how other students are responding in the class. This gives them an idea on how much extra efforts are needed for their kids to cover the gap, if any.
  3. Parents save money for not purchasing uniforms, for not paying school bus fees, for not filling the petrol / gasoline and not giving pocket money for the lunch.
  4. Parents do not have to worry about what kids eat from school canteen as they can serve homemade food to their loved ones.
  5. Students are free during the breaks in which they can spend time with parents or can do anything they like.
  6. While staying home, kids don’t get bullied which is a sigh of relief for some of the parents.

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Background:

Choeifat school system is one of the oldest school systems of middle east with 30+ branches in UAE, Middle East, Europe, America and Australia. According to Wikipedia

SABIS is an education management organization that operates schools in fifteen countries on five continents in both the private and public sectors [1] and licenses a proprietary education program. According to the company, schools in the SABIS Network educate over 70,000 students and implement a proven, proprietary system.

Positive Reviews

–          Choeifat Sharjah School area is huge which makes it convenient for managing hundreds of students in terms of classrooms, physical activities, pick-up and drop off points for parents, school transportation system.

–          Quality of education is very good as school has systematic approach which is based on years of research across the globe.

–          Quality of teachers is very good. Selection of teachers seem to be qualitative and most of the time students provide positive feedback about teachers and the way of teaching

–          School has earned its respect as one of the highest rated school in the community

–          School treats the student (specially teenagers) as adults that develop more maturity and help student become confident members of society and better professionals in their life.

–          School provides prayer room for the kids

–          Teachers are chosen from the wide range of nationalities which gives a lot of exposure and diversification to the students in terms of culture awareness, speaking accent and approach of teaching.

Critical Reviews

–          Support staff’s behavior is not friendly. Many parents are not comfortable while interacting with school staff.

–          School has less focus on Islamic studies.

–          School area is huge whereas most of the walking areas are not shaded. With high temperatures for almost 8-9 months of the year, it is not easy to walk from the parking area to the class or the administration section.

–          School books (physical and e-learning) is one of the costliest.

–          Schools expects parents to pay full fee for the first semester 6 months in advance which makes hard for the parents. This seriously affects the expat community to pay the full fee in advance

–          Students must have high-end tabs in order to run the e-learning application.

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List of Major Challenges of Indian Education System:

1- Brutal punishment is given to the students in rural areas.

2- Sexual Abuse

3- Lesss focus on girls’ education

4- Stressful study and suicide

5- Poor quality of teachers

6- Less use of technology

7- Financial constraints

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9- Infrastructure deficit

10- Poor Salaries of staff

11- Schools closure

12- Lack of accountability

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Why Choosing The Right School Bag for Kids is Important

School bag will be used by your child for the whole year. If you do not chose the right school bag, your child may have to face several problems such as:

  • Back Pain, spine or shoulder problems – if the school bag is designed poorly
  • Capacity Issues for managing books – If bag compartments are not adequate enough to carry books and copies
  • Food box management problems – Leakage issues
  • Organizing accessories such as pen, pencils, rubber etc.
14 Recommendations For Choosing The Right School Bag for Kids

14 Important Points for Chosing The Right School Bag for Kids

In order to address the above mentioned issues by provide additional comfort and to facilitate your child, below are 14 important points that you need to remember when buying his/her school bag.

  1. If your child is exposed to open area and you are living in the country where it rains frequently, do consider rain-proof material for your child’s bag.
  2. If your child has to do walk for considerable amount of time from the school- drop-off point to his/her class, consider a 2 wheels or 4 wheels school bag. A 4 wheel bag provides more balance and convenience while dragging it however it may cause the bag to be more heavier.
  3. If you do not prefer a wheel bag, you can buy a shoulder bag however you need to consider the size of the bag is proportionate to the shoulder size of your kid. If the bag size is small or big than his/her shoulders then it will cause inconvenience to him/her through the year.
  4. Please check the food section is properly isolated with water-proof material. If it is made up of standard cloth, you may have food leakage problems which would damage copies and books.
  5. Many school bags provide a separate net to hold a water bottle. Please check if the bag you have chosen have this net?
  6. Most of our kids have to keep the tab in their bags since many activities are performed on the tablets. Check if there is a separate tab section available in the school bag. Availability of such section provides convenience to your child for keeping his/her tab.
  7. In continuation to the above point, check if a USB charging cable is available in the bag. This will ensure that you child has a power back-up in case he runs out of power.
  8. For kindergarten going kids it is imperative to have his/her name displayed on the bag. Try to buy the bag where name tag section is available. You can compromise on this point in case you don’t find such bag. Name tags can be purchased and hooked later too.
  9. If the built in pencil keeping section is available then you don’t need to buy a pencil case separately although many kids prefer to buys separate pencil cases to keep their pens, color pencils, rubbers, sharpeners and other stuff organized.
  10. If your child like, he/she can opt for a convertible bag. Some of the bags in the market have 2 wheels on the bottom plus, should carrying strap as well. This provides multiple choices to your child for carrying the bag as per his/her convenience.
  11. Depending upon the class your child goes to, you may need to consider the number of portions his/her bag should have. One portion for books, one for food is minimum where additional portions for keeping copies, tabs, colors, swimming stuff etc. may be needed. Please consider this aspect while finalizing the school bag.
  12. Many schools still provide home work to kids and expect them to take all of their books and copies to home. For such kids, you will have to consider the holding capacity of each compartment in the bag.
  13. Material type is equally important. While leather provides soft feeling to kid, it is usually prone to get cut by any sharp edges in school, bus or home.
  14. If your child is considering a should carrying bag, please ensure you purchase the bag that has soft cushions at the back else it may lead to inconvenience and back problems.
14 recommendations for choosing the right school bag for kids

While it may be hard to find a bag that meets all of the above features, yet you can get something that matches with your preferences.

Apart from the above mentioned features, your child will be attracted to the bag that has following aspects:

  1. Super heroes based bag pack
  2. Army style bag pack
  3. Girlish bags (with pink, purple or red color dominance
  4. Abstract design bags

What other features do you think a child bag should have. Share your recommendations on choosing the right school bag for kids in the comment box below. You never know a bag designer visits this website and takes your feedback to launch his next product and provides you a free sample 🙂

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Bullying Story of a 12 Years Old Student

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Hello friends, I am 12 years old and I would like to tell my aweful bullying story from my first day at school. First day at school  To begin with, I will talk about my first day at school which did not go so well. It was the first day of September and I was very...

School Review: Choueifat School Sharjah, UAE

School Review: Choueifat School Sharjah, UAE

Background: Choeifat school system is one of the oldest school systems of middle east with 30+ branches in UAE, Middle East, Europe, America and Australia. According to Wikipedia SABIS is an education management organization that operates schools in fifteen countries...

50+ Effective Parenting Tips For Toddlers and Teenagers – Part 6

50+ Effective Parenting Tips For Toddlers and Teenagers – Part 6

Parenting Tips Part 1 Parenting Tips Part 2 Parenting Tips Part 3 Parenting Tips Part 4 Parenting Tips Part 5 This article is continuation of 50+ parenting tips for toddlers and teenager for empowring them to be more mature, happy and successful in life. If you have...

50+ Effective Parenting Tips For Toddlers and Teenagers – Part 5

50+ Effective Parenting Tips For Toddlers and Teenagers – Part 5

Parenting Tips Part 1 || Parenting Tips Part 2 || Parenting Tips Part 3 || Parenting Tips Part-4 47.    Not everyone is A grader -  Don’t expect your kids to bring home the best progress report from school. Everyone is ‘differently’ genius. Some kids are best in...

16 Inspirational Quotes About Teachers and Teaching

16 Inspirational Quotes About Teachers and Teaching

‘I am not a teacher, but an awakener.’ –Robert Frost ‘I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.’ –Albert Einstein ‘When one teaches, two learn.’ –Robert Heinlein ‘I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them...

50+ Effective Parenting Tips For Toddlers and Teenagers – Part 4

50+ Effective Parenting Tips For Toddlers and Teenagers – Part 4

Parenting Tips Part 1 || Parenting Tips Part 2 || Parenting Tips Part 3 37.    Tell meaningful stories -  Stories are one of the best ways for teaching meaningful lessons of life. Stories stay in mind for longer duration and hence the message behind them. Read this...

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