Banners
Banners

Latest News

Crime busting agency, Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DC...
The Serowe Administrative Authority (SAA) is struggling to contain the...
FRANCISTOWN: The Tutume sub-district has recorded two malaria deaths i...
FRANCISTOWN: The government of Botswana has given a reprieve to Zimbab...
Banners
Banners

No Ifs, No Buts We Need Reforms

IGNATIOUS NJOBVU
The illiteracy of the 21st century is not the inability to read and write, but the inability to learn, relearn and unlearn. We are now at some crossroad in our education system. 

Lots of investments are made by Government and Non-Government Organisation in quest for a quality education system. Are we really getting the return on these investments?

What path should we take as a country? Do we remain in the same course and hope for same miracle? Or do we make some deliberate adjustments on the course for change?

I am for the adoption of a new system, full of hope that one day our children won’t face the challenge of skills mis-match, acquire 21st century skills needed for adaptation, enrol in pathways of their own choice, thus calling for a more viable and attractive TVET structure and having a decentralised system where a well empowered principal takes full responsibility for what is happening and not happening in the school environment.

The illiteracy of the 21st century is not the inability to read and write, but the inability to learn, relearn and unlearn. We are now at some crossroad in our education system. Lots of investments are made by Government and Non-Government organisation in quest for a quality education system. Are we really getting the return on these investments? What path should we take as a country? Do we remain in the same course and hope for same miracle? Or do we make some deliberate adjustments on the course for change?

I am for the adoption of a new system, full of hope that one day our children won’t face the challenge of skills mis-match, acquire 21st century skills needed for adaptation, enrol in pathways of their own choice, thus calling for a more viable and attractive TVET structure and having a decentralised system where a well empowered principal takes full responsibility for what is happening and not happening in the school environment.

I do understand the financial repercussions for introducing such reforms. But the risk of investing in them is safer than the risk of accepting a continuation for the status quo. We must be alive to the fact that not every resource will be available

Banners
to us whenever a change in course is sought. In fact, nobody or no situation has adequate resources at any given time. We change not because we have available resources at our disposal, but because the situation demands some reforms.

That said, what realistic reform can start by 2021? I will call for some Blended Learning. This is the use of traditional classroom teaching methods together with the use of online learning for the same students studying the same content in the same course. A blend of a classroom and web-based teaching and learning offers access to the widest range of learning modes and methods for developing student’s skills and expertise as learners (Cleveland-Innes, 2017).

As an affordable project to adopt, a blended classroom will mean allowing learners to use whatever tools at their disposal to acquire as much information as they can on a particular topic online, then use the classroom as a discussion platform for consolidation. This will put learners at the centre of their own learning. Equally, whatever amount of internet connectivity that a school might be having together with the personal gadgets and bundles that individual learners might be having, can be put to use for learning purposes.

As and when such internet infrastructure improve in schools, so will the blended learning approach. In this way, a significant step towards learner centralism would have started. By and large I am appealing for flexibility in our individual school policies regarding the use of personal learner gadgets such as smartphones and laptops. It is through the use of ICT that we can improve our technology and fit in the world of today.

Therefore, any opportunity available to us on the use of whatever technology should be utilised fully. We should come to terms with our public resource limitations of some infrastructures that are needed in order to enhance the 21st century skills. After which we should then let students use their own resources to harness such. It is called progress.



Opinion & Analysis

Banners
Banners ?>

Selefu

And when you hit a copper-nickel belt shout,

Latest Frontpages

Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper
Banners
Adana Escort
Adıyaman Escort
Afyon Escort
Ağrı Escort
Aksaray Escort
Amasya Escort
Ankara Escort
Antalya Escort
Antep Escort
Ardahan Escort
Artvin Escort
Aydın Escort
Balıkesir Escort
Bartın Escort
Batman Escort
Bayburt Escort
Bilecik Escort
Bingöl Escort
Bitlis Escort
Bolu Escort
Burdur Escort
Bursa Escort
Çanakkale Escort
Çankırı Escort
Çorum Escort
Denizli Escort
Diyarbakır Escort
Düzce Escort
Edirne Escort
Erzincan Escort
Elazığ Escort
Erzurum Escort
Eskişehir Escort
Giresun Escort
Gümüşhane Escort
Hakkari Escort
Hatay Escort
Iğdır Escort
Isparta Escort
İskenderun Escort
İstanbul Escort
İzmir Escort
İzmit Escort
Karabük Escort
Karaman Escort
Kars Escort
Kastamonu Escort
Kayseri Escort
Kıbrıs Escort
Kırıkkale Escort
Kırklareli Escort
Kırşehir Escort
Kilis Escort
Kocaeli Escort
Konya Escort
Kütahya Escort
Malatya Escort
Manisa Escort
Maraş Escort
Mardin Escort
Mersin Escort
Muğla Escort
Muş Escort
Nevşehir Escort
Niğde Escort
Ordu Escort
Osmaniye Escort
Rize Escort
Sakarya Escort
Samsun Escort
Siirt Escort
Sinop Escort
Sivas Escort
Şırnak Escort
Tekirdağ Escort
Tokat Escort
Trabzon Escort
Tunceli Escort
Urfa Escort
Uşak Escort
Van Escort
Yalova Escort
Yozgat Escort
Zonguldak Escort
Alaçatı Escort
Aliağa Escort
Alsancak Escort
Bornova Escort
Buca Escort
Çeşme Escort
Çiğli Escort
Gaziemir Escort
Karşıyaka Escort
fethiye escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort karataş escort ceyhan escort