Since independence, India has made great strides in improving her education system especially in reaching the objective of having a school within walking distance of every village and enrolment of children in primary school. Despite this, it is recognised that much remains to be achieved in terms of student retention, student achievement, teacher development, on-site support for the educator and the quality of learning.
The Reinventing Education (RE) programme, an initiative of IBM, is driven with the motivation to improve and enhance the quality of schooling in partnership with the local governments in various countries. The RE programme in India was initiated in 2006 and draws from the Australian programme where the primary focus is on the continuous and on-going professional development of teachers, integrating ICT and classroom transformation. In India, the programme is being implemented in partnership with the Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Society (APREIS) in Andhra Pradesh and Corporation of Chennai (CoC), Tamil Nadu. The RE programme has resulted in the continuous professional development of 80 teachers and 20 principals across 20 selected schools in Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Chennai. It directly benefits about 320 students in AP and 620 children in Chennai.
After initiating the RE programme in India, the IBM-RE team felt the need to document the process and the progress to enable them to review, share the experience and move to the next phase of its mission, with a clear focus of developing a model that would work in India. New Concept assisted IBM India by conducting the evaluation of RE programme in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Under this assignment, New Concept performed the following tasks:
- Developed the evaluation tools for In-depth-Interviews (IDIs) with teachers and students
- Pre-tested the study tools and finalised the same
- Orientation workshop on evaluation study tools and techniques to be used was organised for the study team
- Drafted the final evaluation report based on the field study