The innovation may be exemplary. The teachers may be willing and enthusiastic. But if they don’t have the support of the school management, the innovation withers.

If the science teacher introduces experiment-based learning and a questioning attitude in children, the language teacher complains of indiscipline in the classroom, of students being unruly and noisy. Children who move freely in a social science classroom, working in groups and interacting freely with the teacher feel stifled in the maths classroom where they have to sit in rows and learn by the chalk and talk rote methodology.

For innovation to survive and flourish, all subjects at all levels of schooling must be covered and all teachers must be oriented to function in an innovative atmosphere. To make this possible, the school management must redefine the learning objectives and goals of their school, support teacher training and create a climate in the school that facilitates and encourages innovation and change.

School development means looking at change holistically and approaching the problem from all fronts simultaneously.

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