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Tshwarelo Hosia
  • The effervescent, inspiring educationist

    The reason is that I would like to give well deserved flowers (while he is alive) to one of my ever effervescent and inspiring former teacher of history, Odirile Gabasiane.Judging from his early professional demeanour and disposition, the signs were...

  • Competing factors on student learning outcomes

    The one factor is internal while the other is external. Undoubtedly, the two factors influence teaching and learning and student achievement levels albeit in varying degrees.There is therefore, a continuing debate on what carries more weight between...

  • A diagnosis of no hope

    In our short interaction, he shared with me, with a sense of gratification, the good news that after a long wait and prolonged struggle, he has been elevated to what is arguably one of the toughest jobs in the world - the coveted post of school...

  • Good education: A potent tool

    A good education system is a potent tool, providing learners with skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to secure improved livelihoods and to navigate their future adult life.With hindsight benefit, our education was ill-designed and ill-prepared to...

  • Teaching is a human enterprise

    Schools are blessed institutions endowed with gifted teachers capable of solving problems.But the question is, if indeed, there is no public school suffering from a drought of talent and expertise. Why do many schools continue to struggle to fulfill...

  • 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...

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