Posted on December 9, 2017 | by Vinod Kakumanu
School Serv, an enterprise that has grown to be a leading K-12 School Lifecycle services company is an idea of change brought to life. It embodies an ambition of reimagining education by bringing school services expertise close to educationists. The need for founding an agency that can bridge the gap between the learned and the learner, between the result and the potential, dawned upon its founder Vinod Kakumanu when he navigated through his own academic journey and stepped into the real life.
Reflecting on the questions like what part of him as a person is informed by school education? What dimensions of life did school education initiate him into and what avenues could have remained unexplored? Which potentials of his fellow students remained unidentified? What are those factors that hamper original initiatives in education? What resources provided by the science of the time could have remained inaccessible to students and why? These personal meditations coupled with national facts shaped his vision. The vision came to life in the year 2009 in form of School Serv. A vision to help visionaries and leaders reform education.
It will be useful to share our perspective here. We are a nation of one of the world’s youngest population. To translate this opportunity into a developmental advantage, a school education that prepares the child for life in the modern world is fundamental. Our school education scenario leaves much to be desired however.
There are lots of studies that reflect on our school education standard. Some of the recent ones, national and international don’t paint any prettier picture. Program for Student Assessment or PISA tested the scholastic progress in a study of two Indian states finding it 109th, out of 110 countries. Another study done by Pratham, published in its Annual Status of Education Report, states that three-fourths of all students of class 3rd, half of class 5th students, and one-fourth of class 8th students cannot read text meant for class 2nd. We know that there is no denying that we are faced with a chronic problem. We find it quite an anomaly when we see that how good learners Indians prove to be when they emerge as internationally leading scientists, technocrats, business administrators, entrepreneurs, academicians, innovators, litterateurs and help create knowledge economies.
We have set out to play our part in remedying that. With an array of planners, expert academicians, and subject matter experts, we have reassured educationists who want to venture out to become eduprenurs but are deterred by the complexity in starting a school and bureaucratic hassles they come across in founding and operating a school. We have kept our promise by supporting their vision with comprehensive school consulting services.
Along with school promoters, we started building schools on different scales and began operating them. We, in all cases, made a point to design perfect learning spaces equipped with most suitable infrastructure. We facilitated it all, including school architecture, teachers, school consultants, administrators; curriculum design leaving nothing substandard or unplanned. And so we built, and continue to build, opportunities both for students and teachers and we are helping our schools to succeed and sustain throughout.
One only has to take a look at School Serv’s realized projects with highly defined educational environments to know what distinguishes us from others as a comprehensive K-12 school lifecycle services provider.