Learning Impact, others train stakeholders on school management

Primary school student reading

Primary school student reading

School owners, administrators and teachers from various centres of learning in Abuja were recently exposed to some contemporary strategies to effectively manage their schools to boost productivity of the workforce towards attaining corporate objectives, including excellence in teaching and learning.

Essentially, the programme, which was organized by Be Better Consulting, in partnership with Learning Impact NG, was designed to educate the management staff in schools on the need for an effective performance management system, and to teach them how to apply the Balanced Scorecard strategy to develop and implement management systems that will make their schools stay focused and successful.

According to a statement,t the scorecard strategy is a product of a research conducted by the consulting firm, following discovery that some schools could not develop an effective method of measuring performance of the workforce in line with the set corporate objectives.

Be Better Consulting was said to have found in the research that the Balanced Scorecard approach, if applied to schools, could prove very effective in ensuring that the entire organization is aligned towards attainment of corporate vision and that clear performance expectations can be set and measured with the resultant increase in productivity of the workforce.

The Chief Executive Officer of Learning Impact Ng and facilitator of the workshop, Omagbitse Barrow, likened the performance management process to the handing out of report cards to students at the end of an academic session. “When giving a student a report card, you are essentially saying that based on your performance in class, tests, examinations and others, here is your overall performance rating.

And if the report card is protested by the student, you bring out all exam and test sheets as evidence to back up the rating; that’s exactly how performance management should be for your staff,” Barrow said.

The workshop featured a range of group activities that kept participants active and gave them room to interact, ask questions and network on issues other than performance management relating to their schools.

Commenting on the workshop, Mrs. Olubumni of Cornerstone Montessori School said: “I enjoyed the time spent doing this. It was highly impactful and I would like to participate in future training workshops organized by Be Better Consulting.”

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