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 Education Changes Will Help Us To Be More Efficient And Get Results

 Education Changes Will Help Us To Be More Efficient And Get Results
Nemani Delaibatiki
May 07
14:57 2018

 

Today is the start of the second term for prima­ry and secondary schools.

Classes will begin today, not tomorrow. This is the first year it is happening. Previously, Monday was teachers’ day and students started on Tuesday.

Last week, teachers started preparing for the school term on Thursday and Friday.

Its part of the changes brought about by the re­forms in the ministry and other sections of the civil service.

Preliminary feedback shows that everyone is happy, particularly the students and their parents.

The teachers, who originally felt that they had lost two days of their holidays, have now embraced the change because everyone benefits.

The students start on time and the teachers avoid the last minute rush.

Those who teach in maritime schools are now re­quired to be at their work stations on time before, they would arrive late and blame the irregularity in shipping for their late start. It’s their responsibility now to report to school on time.

The teachers last week had the opportunity to at­tend staff and de­partment meetings. In these meetings they reviewed the performance and outcomes in Term 1. They noted areas which recorded a shortfall and what could be done to ad­dress it in Term 2.

The teachers also prepared them­selves for the first week of this most important academ­ic term by planning to update their Scheme of Work, prepare Learn­ing and Teaching Plan, and set up the classrooms so that when the students arrive today, they are ready to teach.

This term will be about completing the syllabus and catching up on the lost time from the recent months’ cyclones and floods.

This term consists of 14 weeks and at the end, the external examination forms, namely years 10, 12 and 13 will have their Term 2 end examination.

Because of the time lost during the cyclones and floods, students would inevitably attend compulsory Saturday classes or having extra classes in the after­noon on top of their revision time.

It will also be a hectic term for the teachers as their work preparation has to be timely. Completing the course-work will be the biggest challenge. This is on top of preparation of lesson notes and marking exam papers.

It is mandatory that all coverage should be finished in Term 2 so that Term 3 is fully allocated for revi­sion.

The school heads with their assistants and dedi­cated teachers will be on their toes, and the students need to be supportive and work hand-in-hand with teachers to achieve the common goal of passing their exams well.

The changes will make the system more efficient and produce the expected results.

The disruptions caused by the wild weather events are expected every year because of climate change.

The reforms will prepare us to be more resilient and cope with new challenges.

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

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