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State pushes for high quality education

By | October 3rd 2009

By Ngumbao Kithi

The Quality and Assurance Director Enos Oyaya has advised head teachers to ensure the successes of free primary education programme by taking seriously their role as first line quality managers.

Mr Oyaya, speaking at the conclusion of the head teachers’ conference on Friday, said the heads must ensure effectiveness in preparation and use of teaching records.

He also urged teachers to ensure the syllabus is covered in time to allow time for adequate revision.

Oyaya said all teachers must present to their heads lesson plans clearly showing coverage timeframe, evaluation modes and objectives.

He said progress record and mark book must keep up with all the assessments to ensure children received the curriculum as required.

He called for teachers frequent supervision by departmental heads and head teachers.

He said head teachers must ensure regular checking of pupil’s books, assessment committees, class assignments, homework, and the communication between pupils and teachers.

Oyaya urged teachers to use innovative and challenging teaching methods to nurture creativity and innovativeness. He blamed teachers for not being innovative enough.

"Teachers should not rely on traditional methods but a variety of methods, including discovery, discussion and research," he said.

Exploit talents

He said creativity is key in the management due to scarcity, shortage and challenges experienced in schools.

The quality assurance director called on teachers to give pupils an opportunity to develop and exploit their talents.

"In some schools physical education is never considered in the timetable. This is wrong," he said.

He said PE lessons should not be used to revise examinable subjects.

"Most of teachers consider pupils as robots that have no time to relax or even play. That is why holiday tuition is not recommended," he said.

He said the Government will ensure head teachers have the necessary work skills for effectiveness in the management of the curriculum in primary schools.

The TSC demand for teachers to stand up and correct other teachers has created serious conflict with several teachers claiming they are not managers and should not be set against each other.

TSC has also accepted the demand that any teacher with a degree qualification should be promoted but maintained teachers with master’s degree would remain in primary schools due to shortage of staff.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga was represented by his deputy, Musalia Mudavadi during the official opening on Tuesday.

TSC was represented by chairman Ibrahim Hussein and Secretary-Gabriel Longoiboni throughout the five days.

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