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India needs a training programme on educational management for school principals: Conference
Addressing the national conference for school principals in Delhi on Thursday, November 8, Shashi Tharoor, Union minister of state for human resource development, stressed the need to de-emphasize examinations and achievement scores and emphasize self-development of students.

THE TWO-day conference of principals has been organized by TeacherSity in collaboration with Educomp Foundation to explore the critical issues, faced by school education in India at the policy level.

The conference also aims at establishing an ongoing dialogue amongst principals, research and training personnel, and policy makers on matters concerning policy and practice by providing information support on some basic issues that principals often grapple with.

Raising the concern about quality of teaching in present era of information technology, Shashi Tharoor said that it was important for teachers to take advantage of what is offered by new technologies. He also praised the school reform of continuous and comprehensive evaluation that enables creative self-expression among students.

On the first day of the conference, a two-year MBA programme for school principals was also launched to be transacted by the Uttarakhand Technical University in collaboration with Selaqui Institute of Management.

TeacherSity organisation was of the view that that principals needed continual learning on the job, and India needed a training programme on education management since other countries had the courses of educational planning and management.

Elsewhere, according to a noted educator Paul Monroe, a superior educational management, in fact, is basic to the satisfactory functioning of democracy. Similarly, Graham Balfour once had aptly said, "The purpose of educational management is to enable the right pupils to receive the right education from the right teachers, at a cost within the means of the state, which will enable pupils to profit by their learning."

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