Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Are you the heartbeat of your department? (The role of the HODs in schools)

When a student fails academically, who is held responsible? The student? The teacher? The parents? Or the Head of Department (HOD)? Invariably it is the HOD

As a HOD, a great deal is expected of you. You are responsible for the academic progress of students. It is up to you to support your subject teachers and ensure that all in the department participate effectively. This involves encouraging and supporting the professional development of your staff, promoting a working atmosphere that encourages co-operation, and valuing the contribution made by individuals in the department.

It doesn't end there. You have to lead by example. You must be effective in the execution of school policy. You have to encourage high standards in all aspects of school life, and you have to contribute to the effective and efficient management of the school.

Unfortunately, a school with a poorly-performing HOD is immediately recognisable through lack of productiveness in both the school and within the department. This is why it is vital for all HODs and management staff in schools to work together to create a happy, purposeful and productive environment.'

To ensure that learners are getting the best education possible, and in a safe and creative school environment, it's imperative that all stakeholders do their part. The Head of Department must be the heartbeat that connects all aspects of the school.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Exhaustion as an excuse to miss school, by teachers

More than 1000 teachers did not show up for the first day of the second term on Tuesday because they were exhausted from participating in the fifth Annual Association on non-aligned teachers Unions of Southern Africa (Antusa) games, which took place in Windhoek, Namibia.

This is one of many examples of the deteriorating system of teaching in this country. The teachers that were absent all applied for annual leave. Yes it can be argued that teachers should fight for their rights, but should it constantly be at the detriment of learners? The curriculum is structured in such a way that every school day must be utilised, so when this does not happen it is taking time away from learners, which contributes to poor pass rates.

What are we as a community doing to rectify this problem where school teachers are being protected by Unions even when they are at fault. How can we stand by and let this happen without consequence.

The teaching profession is now tainted beyond repair and it's a pity because in the eyes of society all teachers will be painted with the same brush. It is time for all stakeholders to take note and bring change. The more this is left uncontrolled the more our children pay the price.

What's your take?

Ideas from: The STAR, 10 April 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Raise the bar

'Teach like you've never taught before. Leave a legacy'. said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Over the years the teaching profession has lost its confidence, gone are the days when teachers would walk proud as a people. We need to get back to that place where teaching is regarded with the importance it deserves.

Teachers have to be confident in their profession, well-trained and constantly strive to improve their capabilities. Communities need to realise the value of teaching. It is the teachers in our schools who are a crucial part of moulding our future leaders.

Learners need the guidance of educators who are passionate about their purpose as teachers in a classroom. Educators, parents and learners all need to work together to get learning where it should be. Where learners are receiving the best from all stakeholders therefore encouraging them to succeed and be the best that they can be.

We call for teachers who want to empower and encourage students to break all boundaries and become competitive in the work force. Let there be more stories of teachers making a difference.

Teachers need to teach and learners need to learn, because our future as a nation depends on it!