National Initiative of Quality Schools in Action (NIQSA)

National Initiative of Quality Schools in Action (NIQSA)

Dear friends,

Our public education system has irretrievably broken down and is not producing the desired results. India ranked seventy-second out of 73 countries in the PISA (Program for International Students Assessment) ranking of 2010 by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). The Annual Status of Education Report (rural) 2016 released on 18 January 2017 has shown pathetic learning quality with only 25 per cent of children in grade III being able to read a grade II level text. Around 10 lakh out of 60 lakh teaching positions are vacant. According to a World Bank study, teacher absenteeism on any given day is as high as 25 per cent. Of the teachers who do come to work, a large proportion of them lack the motivation and skills to perform well. The victims are our children.

India has been growing and with increased purchasing power, the aspirations of people have risen. Parents want the best for their children and even poor parents, whose only hope to change their lives is through providing their children with good education, are choosing non-government schools.

National Initiative of Quality Schools in Action (NIQSA) is an initiative of National Independent School Alliance (NISA) quality wing dedicated towards holistic quality improvement of budget private schools in India.

As part of the initiative, NISA envisions to work towards improving the quality parameters on the following five key components:

  • School Leadership and Management Team
  • Teaching and Learning Practices
  • Students' attainment and development
  • School Infrastructure
  • Parent’s Engagement

On the way to become a self-regulatory organization, a detailed quality charter has been prepared in consultation with leading sector-experts. The copy of the quality charter can be accessed here.

Moving forward, NIQSA initiative will be involved in the following:

  • Sign-up on Quality Charter
  • Sign-up form for assessment
  • Support third-party independent assessments
  • Sharing of assessment reports confidentially with the assessed schools
  • Developing a customized quality improvement plan for the assessed schools

The copy of self-declared expression of interest form can be downloaded from here.

If you wish to join the National Initiative of Quality Schools in Action (NIQSA), please contact us at niqsa@nisaindia.org or call us at +91 9899485667, +91-11-26537456/ 26521882/ 41607006/ 41629006

Let’s join hands towards our Right to quality Education of choice in India!