Every single individual part of the school system is accountable to one another. Schools are accountable for student achievement & conduct. Teachers are held accountable for learning. And students are responsible for upholding their commitment in performance and conduct to the school. All in all, accountability, if rigorously practiced and focused, encourages school improvement.However, the bulk of the task rests on the schools themselves and to encourage the process, a transparent system must be adopted.
Transparent System: What Gives?
Transparency is not an alien concept in Nigeria–every government from the state to the federal level wants to be seen as accountable and capable of reducing corruption in the management of their designated sectors.Truth is, people trust you a lot more when you are open & honest with the facts. This makes them more likely to actively participate in society & fulfill their own responsibilities for the greater good of the country.
Schools also work that way. They must have a system of transparency that showcases school budgets, decision-making procedures, and other realities that provide a solid answer to such questions as “Why are you spending so much and yet your students are failing each year?”. Making available information shows parents/guardians and the rest of the public exactly what’s happening in the classroom, so they know the schools are keeping their promise of giving the students the absolute best education.
Do bear in mind that being transparent is not just for the outsiders–schools can also measure the effectiveness of teaching in relation to student performance & revise their strategies. In this case, the schools are accountable to themselves to ensure an increase in school quality.
Role of Technology in Transparency
Technology does a great job of helping the school in developing a culture of transparency that will build trust and ensure the success of their programs. Social networking tools let us share information daily and quickly. Online tools like Google Apps for Education make sharing documents and calendars a two-click process that enables you to control who can see and edit any document.
Still on technology, the best thing any school can do for itself is to find a way to monitor what’s going on & then share accordingly. Some champion the idea of “The Transparent School” where schools collect data about students, including their test scores, grades, credits earned, and other related information, such as demographics, enrolment and discipline. A responsive School Management Software does a remarkable job of gathering all the information in one place and making it easily accessible to different users.
Using this data, school administrators and educational agencies, both at the state & federal levels, can do a version of progress monitoring, a process used to assess students’ academic performance, to quantify a student rate of improvement or responsiveness to instruction, and to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. The whole idea is to foster students’ academic achievement.
A transparent system encourages accountability in that it helps us hold those in authority accountable for their actions. When the schools are accountable, the system engenders trust. And a transparent system equipped with the right technology, tools & guidance can increase student achievement and help those schools make more informed decisions.