Encouraging a research culture

In another welcome move, the education ministry has introduced the Sherig Endowment Fund with the objective of providing equitable access to quality education to children across the country.

The fund is also being introduced to promote research in both private and government schools, to address challenges related to teaching and learning, school management, and youth issues.

It is no secret that we lack a strong research culture. As individuals, most of our research may have been limited to Google or a physical encyclopedia, during our college days.

Some may have gone further. A few may have undertaken serious in-depth research.

But in general we lack a research culture.

We have seen this demonstrated periodically. At the policy level, the infamous Tobacco Control Act is an example. More research may have allowed for a more gradual and effective strategy.

The re-introduction of Shakespeare in the curriculum, some critics say, has not been thoroughly studied on its possible impact on students whose English fundamentals are not yet strong. This could become a possible research topic for some teachers.

In recent days, our comments being made online are coming under scrutiny. Many arguments easily break down for lack supporting material or evidence and as a result become personal. Many also say that we don’t analyse or research enough and tend to accept information posted online as fact.

Clearly, we need a more research-based culture and the Sherig Endowment Fund will be another effort in this direction.

However, the main purpose of the fund is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning during the initial years of implementation. It will first be available only to teams from schools, both private and government. Eventually, it will open up to individuals like teachers and principals. An initial fund of Nu 10 million.

It is important that it is ensured that grants provided through the fund be used as effectively as possible. For that it is hoped that the ministry will keep a close watch on how research is being conducted, and that all research parameters are met for one to qualify for a grant. We cannot afford to have findings from poorly carried out research to influence policy making. We also cannot also afford to have duplication of research topics.

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  1. irfan
    irfan says:

    It’s truly exciting to know about this newly proposed ‘Sherig Endowment Fund’ and the objectives that the fund promises to fulfil in the future. To promote a research culture in the field of teaching and learning, school management and youth issues and that too from the school level can only make things better for education as a whole.

    Early days at school are probably the best time and even the best place to learn basic objectives of a research. It’s indeed exciting to know that different teams from the schools will be getting the preferences first. Why we do research and what purposes we meet through a research we undertake is something that one needs to learn early to promote that research culture.

    Also good to know is that we expect the ministry to be fully aware of how a research to be done and that usually includes the research methodology among others. If this initiative can improve teaching and learning at schools, it will do school education a great favour for sure. Many researches today just don’t help teaching and learning of the very objectives considered for the research as we float through the numbers considered for a result. And that usually happens when research objectives are not supported with purposeful resources to carry on the research and yet, the funds are made available.

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