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Tshwarelo Hosia
  • The novice principal

    But that is as far as universities can go. The making of a teacher begins at the school.The years spent at training, which are largely theoretical in character, laced to a limited extent, with real teacher–student classroom stimulation can hardly...

  • The teachers’ wish

    However, one is not certain whether it takes any special/additional training in the case of lawyers to assume judgeship responsibilities but in the teaching profession, one is pretty certain that teachers in our jurisdiction do not undergo any...

  • Interrogating the system

    Our interrogation of the system can only carry us somewhere if and only if motivated by the goal of placing all learners and every child at the epicentre.Any education system worth its salt should be judged by how well it is serving students because...

  • Learning is a process

    There is need for all responsible for the school systems beginning with the central ministry to the classroom practitioner to accept the stark reality, without any sense of embarrassment, that the system is failing students.The system should boldly...

  • Status of Science in schools

    The findings of Prof Kuiper’s study on low academic achievement levels warrant urgent and sufficient attention.He raised critical concerns and issues ranging from faulty pedagogic and management practices, teacher professional development...

  • Building a culture of collective responsibility

    Instead of investing deeply on instructional core, the tendency is to tinker at the surface.A lot of energy is wasted on the blame game, where there is a toxic culture of trading accusations and counter accusations rather than cultivating a positive...

  • The school heads face flak

    When schools do not perform as expected, deservedly so, school principals face a lot of flak and criticism from all quarters.Parents expect the best education and teaching climate for their children while government demands a return on...

  • The efficacy of school turnaround

    The reason is that the school turnaround programme is not a bed of roses.Yes, it is a highly rewarding programme in terms of raising student achievement levels but it is a rather laborious and energy sapping programme.Other than demanding full and...

  • The value of keeping relevant

    At institutional level, it should drive instructional practices and motivate targeted interventions aimed at creating a rich teaching and learning environment. Therefore, evidence -based decision-making should naturally gain currency and characterise...

  • The struggles of public schools

    Public schools compared to their counterparts in the private sector continue to experience a plethora of key challenges inhibiting provision of quality education to children under their care.The column is shouldering the burden of highlighting key...

  • Sir Seretse Khama: The man of the people

    Everybody was alive to the fact that he was a sickly man who was in and out of hospital throughout his 59-year life yet many hoped that providence would continue to spare him.With the benefit of hindsight, following a London diagnosis of no hope,...

  • Proper remuneration and learning outcomes

    Today here I am, finding myself so foolhardy as to attempt a direct confrontation with the money factor and its role (perceived or real) on learning outcomes.Of course, one should tread with caution when dealing with an emotive and sensitive subject...

  • Making schools count

    Only modest gains have been made, measured in inches and not miles. This is a worrisome scenario because a quick turnaround in education (and not slow incremental changes) is the only vehicle that can deliver a secure post diamond future. The clock...

  • Change the system

    Here are some key areas requiring swift and immediate attention. The first port of call is to create an enabling environment in which teachers and students can thrive. The role of governance in the overall health of schools and acceleration...

  • A complacent school

    It is a school where cultural preservation is everything and cannot be traded for anything. Commitment to a certain way of life is pursued at all costs, including sacrificing the goal of achieving improved learning outcomes.Writing on the subject of...

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