- Apr 05, 2018
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How to Identify a Good School
Serene Learning Environment:
Providing a clean and serene study atmosphere is very important to bring the best out of students. Serene Environment helps students have an interest in going to school. It eliminates tension in the atmosphere and helps students relax while being taught. Some untidy and badly decorated learning environment can discourage students from going to school and also paying attention in class if they go to school. Apartments and Business offices are different from schools. Schools need the right education oriented interior decoration in place to tickle the fancy of the students.
It is important for Secondary schools to have well equipped Laboratory for classes like physics, chemistry and biology. Students can be really inquisitive and are anxious to have real life experience of what they are being taught theoretically. One of the prerequisites for Government approval of secondary schools are standard laboratories for practical aspects of science subjects. Chemistry Laboratories should be equipped with litmus paper, test tubes and different chemicals for real life experiments. Biology laboratories should have samples of organisms, life and dead animals for dissection and body analysis.
Information Technology Facilities
With the trend of development in information technology and paradigm shift from manually controlled business operations to automatically controlled business operations, students should be integrated to meet the upgraded requirements in the society. This can be achievable when students are exposed to computer software and hardware operations as well as internet understanding. A school must have decent and fully facilitated information technology rooms with computers and intelligent instructors to teach the students.
Decent School Uniforms
Some parents registered their children in some schools because they were attracted to the uniforms of the school. The uniform does not totally endorse the school as very good school but it says alot about the image projected by the school. Decent school uniforms communicate intelligence, seriousness and professionalism. It is important for schools to have good and decent uniforms as some uniforms can discourage prospective students at first sight.
Good Communication Skills
One of the first sign of a good school is effective communication skills. Intruding the privacy of students when they are talking especially outside classroom hours gives a true picture of their intelligence and use of English. The foundation of studying in schools is good English. Other subjects are taught and communicated in English. This means a good English student will easily get carried along in other subjects.
School Bus Availability
School buses are important because it is reduces stress and tension when students and picked up and dropped off at school by the school bus. A student that goes through a rough traffic and public transport will definitely be more tensed when he or she resumes classes. Some parents don't bother registering their children in some schools that does not have a school bus. Some parents get back late from work and leave home for work very early. Such parents depend on the services of the school bus to get their children to school early and bring them back early.
Healthy Lunch break environment
Where students have their break period must be very clean. The environment must be health and safety certified. This is because sickness can be contacted from such a place, if it is not clean. The place must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected periodically.
External Competition awards
Some schools are known for cutting corners in order to project a high academic standard image. On of the ways to access schools with high academic standard and performance is through external competitions like debates and science a quiz. Awards gotten from such external tests will confirm the standard of the school students.
Good Counselling Unit
Some students find it hard to catch up in class because they ended up studying what their parents wanted rather than what they had interest in. Such student may keep having problems until they visit the counselling unit of the school. The future of that child can be secured and that problem solved if there are good counsellors to direct the child to pick the right career path.
Good Sport Facilities
It is said that all work and no play make jack a dull Boy. Sports are also very important for students to keep fit, agile and remain mentally balanced. Good schools should have fields for inter-house sports, basket ball courts and play fields. This helps motivate the students in the school
A school with staff arriving late will have problem following time-tables. This is because the first period will be affected and it will negatively affect other classes on the long run. It is important for staffs to get to school early as there is no study without teachers and the life of the students are more or less in the hands of the teachers.
Productive (Parents Teachers Association) PTA Meetings
PTA meetings are important. A good school organizes it regularly and peacefully. It is a place where beneficial adjustments are suggested by parents and impressive areas are commended. The meeting is always channelled towards making the school better.
Sick Bay / First aid kits
Emergencies could come up at any time like feeble students falling sick and play time injuries. The school must have a health facility with stand-by nurses to assist sick students.
When a school lack Government approval, it means it is yet to meet the standard requirement to operate legally. Most parents always investigate Government approval to make sure they are taking their children to the right place.